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US to continue Sanctions Policy against Venezuela: State Department

Washington: US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti has said that the United States will continue its sanctions policy towards Venezuela.

Speaking at a virtual event at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Monday

Filipetti said, “I do think that having a strong combination of carrots and sticks, you know, leverage that we can potentially deploy in negotiation is critically important, and this is why we are going to continue with our sanctions policies.”

Filipetti pointed out that the US sanctions policy against Venezuela is one of the few issues that has gained bipartisan support in the country.

“US sanctions have really helped combat the flows of income from petroleum, from the oil industry in general, and so they turned toward gold, and they turned toward other avenues, and so it’s critical that we not only cut those off but we also hold those countries responsible who are buying Venezuelan gold, who are involved in those practices,” she said.

Filipetti emphasized that the existing policy will continue and consider different venues, such as holding officials accountable.

“I really do think that the international system has somewhat failed us in this case because we have these wonderful bodies that are there to ensure that something like what’s going on in Venezuela doesn’t happen anywhere and so that hasn’t been successful in ensuring accountability over the last few years,” Filipetti said.

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