Venezuela’s government held televised talks with the opposition for the first time since the outbreak of protests against inflation and rising crime that have roiled the nation and left at least 39 dead.
Venezuela, holder of the world’s largest oil reserves, requires the price of Brent crude to average $121 a barrel this year, about $14 more than current prices, for the country’s government to balance its budget, according to Deutsche Bank AG.
Venezuela’s government started televised talks with the opposition at the presidential palace in Caracas following two months of protests against inflation and rising crime that have left at least 39 people dead.
Venezuela’s government and opposition said they had agreed to formal talks involving a third party mediator to address concern that sparked two months of protests that have left at least 39 people dead.
Venezuelan opposition said talks with the government to end two-month-long protests must be televised, mediated by a third party and have a set agenda after President Nicolas Maduro offered to meet his opponents today “without previous conditions or agenda.”