Senior U.S. diplomat to meet with Venezuelan officials amid crisis

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 10:46 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. diplomat Tom Shannon will meet with senior Venezuelan officials in Caracas on Tuesday, a senior State Department official said, a week after Secretary of State John Kerry said he wanted high-level talks to ease tensions with the country's socialist government.

"The purpose of the visit will be to foster dialogue to deal with social, political and economic issues," the official told Reuters. Shannon, a veteran of U.S. diplomacy in the region, led dialogue between countries last were but they were stalled by Venezuela's deepening crisis.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)