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US and Venezuela in discussions for new exemptions on oil sanctions, according to sources.

Venezuela and US Progress in Talks for Sanctions Relief

Venezuela and the U.S. in Talks for Sanctions Relief

Venezuela and the U.S. have made significant progress in ongoing talks that could potentially provide sanctions relief to Venezuela. These talks involve allowing at least one additional foreign oil firm to take Venezuelan oil for debt repayment. However, this relief is contingent upon President Nicolas Maduro resuming negotiations with the opposition in Mexico. The talks, which have been taking place in Doha since last year, aim to address the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, including discussions on a presidential election.

Potential Sanctions-Easing and Foreign Oil Firms

As part of the talks, several companies, including Maurel & Prom, one of state-run PDVSA’s joint venture partners, may receive a U.S. comfort letter to take Venezuelan oil as debt repayment. It should be noted that the talks are still ongoing, and there is no guarantee of any final agreements at this stage. The U.S. State Department, Venezuela’s and Qatar’s foreign affairs ministries, and PDVSA have not provided any comments on the matter.

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Qatar’s Role and Additional Agendas

The negotiations have once again put Qatar in the global diplomacy spotlight, as it has been hosting talks between the U.S. and Iran. Alongside potential sanctions relief, the agenda for the U.S.-Venezuela meetings also includes discussions on the release of prisoners, election guarantees, and finding solutions to the influx of Venezuelan migrants in the U.S. It is important to note that while progress has been made, it is premature to discuss any final agreements.

Potential Impact on Oil Markets and Debt Repayment

If new authorizations are granted, energy firms that have been trying to get paid in Venezuela would receive some relief. This could also contribute to the South American nation’s goal of doubling crude output in the long term. Previously, Chevron, Repsol, and Eni were granted authorizations to operate and export oil from Venezuela to the U.S. The list of energy companies seeking similar authorizations continues to grow, as they hope to repay debt and revive oil and gas production in collaboration with PDVSA.

It is important to note that the talks between Venezuela and the U.S. are still ongoing, and further developments are expected in the coming weeks. The potential for sanctions relief and its impact on Venezuela’s economy and the global oil market remains an important topic to monitor.

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