Venezuelan government, opposition to meet in Norway for talks

Venezuelan government, opposition to meet in Norway for talks
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Representatives of Venezuela's government and opposition have traveled to Norway for mediation talks amid political turmoil the country. 

Norway has said it will lead negotiations in Oslo next week, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing the Norwegian government. 

Jorge Rodríguez, an aide to President Nicolás Maduro and Miranda state Gov. Héctor Rodríguez will lead the negotiations on behalf of the government, the AP reported. Senior congress member Stalin González, former Caracas-area Mayor Gerardo Blyde and former Transport Minister Fernando Martínez Mottola will lead the opposition in the talks, a person familiar told the AP.

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Two people told the news outlet that both sides traveled to the European country Saturday. The government and opposition previously traveled to Norway earlier this month. 

The opposition side had previously said it would not negotiate and accused Maduro of using talks as a stalling tactic. 

The country has been undergoing a period of political instability. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó this year declared himself the country's interim president and has been recognized as such by more than 50 countries including the U.S. 

Guaidó last month attempted to oust Maduro, but was unable to gain the the support of key military leaders. U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS-Iran tensions rise: Five things to know about oil tanker attack US-Iran tensions rise: Five things to know about oil tanker attack The US must do its part in closing the largest outdoor prison in the world MORE has said both diplomatic and military options were on the table for dealing with Venezuela's political crisis.