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    Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 October 2017

"Mexico believes in a political solution among Venezuelans," said Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray.

Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray said the Mexican government will participate in talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition groups during a speech before the Mexican Senate.

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Videgaray delivered a copy of a letter he received Sept. 17 from Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza where the Venezuelan government, in agreement with the opposition, extended a formal invitation to Mexico to participate in peace talks.

"Mexico believes in a political solution among Venezuelans," said Videgaray, accepting the formal request made by both sides.

He also stated that Mexico confirmed with the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition "their complete willingness to support any negotiation process," urging dialogue “to be credible, in good faith, to have clear objectives and concrete times of fulfillment in which the responsibilities of the participants are well defined and accepted by both groups."

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The dialogue process is sponsored by the president of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina and the former president of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, along with the support of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Jorge Rodriguez, the head of the Venezuelan delegation in talks being held in the Dominican Republic, said a coexistence agreement between the government and the Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition coalition is on the horizon and will be consolidated after the Oct. 15 regional elections, according to Prensa Latina.

“We will sit down after the elections to finalize the coexistence agreement, which has advanced a great deal between sectors of the Venezuelan right and revolutionary forces,” he said.

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