Venezuela Sanctions Relief: Expiration of General License 44  – United States Department of State

After a careful review of the current situation in Venezuela, the United States determined Nicolas Maduro and his representatives have not fully met the commitments made under the electoral roadmap agreement, which was signed by Maduro representatives and the opposition in Barbados in October 2023.  Therefore, General License 44, which authorizes transactions related to oil or gas sector operations in Venezuela, will expire at 12:01 AM on April 18. 

Despite delivering on some of the commitments made under the Barbados electoral roadmap, we are concerned that Maduro and his representatives prevented the democratic opposition from registering the candidate of their choice, harassed and intimidated political opponents, and unjustly detained numerous political actors and members of civil society.  We again call on Maduro to allow all candidates and parties to participate in the electoral process and release all political prisoners without restrictions or delay.  

In order to implement an orderly process following the expiration of General License 44, the United States will issue a 45-day wind-down license.  Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also will consider requests for specific licenses to continue activities beyond the end of the wind-down period on a case-by-case basis. 

We will continue to support Venezuelans’ aspirations for a more democratic, stable, and prosperous Venezuela.  We and our partners in the international community urge Maduro to uphold all the commitments made under the electoral roadmap established by the signatories of the Barbados Agreement.

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