Nicolas Maduro

Top US diplomat to visit an increasingly isolated Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro says a top U.S. State Department official will soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations.

Maduro's announcement Tuesday night came a day after he met with Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a peace ceremony in Colombia.

It would be the second visit this year by Thomas Shannon, undersecretary of state for political affairs. A trip in June on a similar mission that has yet to produce any apparent breakthrough.

Maduro said he also invited Kerry and that the U.S. official said he would come if the effort at dialogue advances. The State Department declined to comment Wednesday morning.

Earlier, the...

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