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Brazil considers resumption of relations with Venezuela

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca has raised the possibility of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

"At a time when the United States is considering an exemption from the embargo on Venezuelan oil exports, we should reassess the issue of diplomatic relations," he said at a Senate hearing.

The public approach represents a shift in foreign policy for Brazil, whose government has severed diplomatic ties since Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019.

Franca acknowledged increasing calls from both allies and the opposition to restore bilateral relations. "It's a question we think about every day . . .

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