Sweden hosts meeting of 'key actors' on Venezuela

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14 juni 2019, 18.26

Sweden has hosted a meeting with "some key international actors," to support a solution to the political crisis in Venezuela, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Friday.

A statement published on the government's website did not provide any details on when exactly the meeting took place or who attended it, and a spokesman for the foreign ministry declined to comment any further.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom tweeted that "the meeting in Stockholm was convened in the spirit of our commitment to a peaceful and democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis".

The meeting follows talks between delegates of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido held in Norway in May.

After those talks the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that both parties had "demonstrated their willingness to move forward," but it also didn't share any details of the content of the discussions.

Venezuela has been ravaged by five years of recession marked by shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicines.

It was plunged deeper into political turmoil in January when National Assembly speaker Guaido declared himself acting president in a direct challenge to Maduro's authority.

He was quickly backed by more than 50 countries in his bid to oust the socialist leader that the National Assembly has branded illegitimate over his controversial re-election last year in polls the opposition claims were fraudulent.

The crisis has been exacerbated by Venezuela suffering its worst economic crisis in recent history, with hyper-inflation, according to the International Monetary Fund.

A quarter of its 30 million population is in urgent need of aid, according to the United Nations, and people are facing failing public services such as water, electricity and transport.