Venezuela: allies of Maduro and Guaidó hold secret talks over coronavirus fears


Exploratory talks emerged from concerns over Covid-19 spread, hyperinflation and growing fuel shortages

Allies of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and his bitter foe, the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, have secretly begun exploratory talks as concerns grow about the possible impact of the spread of the coronavirus, according to sources on both sides.

The discussions emerged from concerns about Covid-19, hyperinflation and growing fuel shortages – as well as worries among some members of the ruling Socialist party about how to ensure their political survival under a possible change of government as Washington tightens sanctions, the sources said.

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