Joshua Holt case: Venezuela confirms release of US prisoner

A US citizen imprisoned in Venezuela has been released after spending two years in jail on charges of concealing weapons, Venezuelan authorities say.

Joshua Holt and his Venezuelan partner Thamy are returning to the US on the orders of President Nicolás Maduro, a Venezuelan government minister said.

US President Donald Trump earlier tweeted that he was “looking forward” to seeing Mr Holt at the White House.

US Senator Bob Corker met Mr Maduro for talks in Caracas on Friday.

A spokesman for Mr Maduro said the couple’s release was a “gesture” aimed at improving dialogue between Caracas and Washington.

Mr Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term last week but Washington has not recognised the outcome.

Venezuela had not discussed the nature of the talks with Mr Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but said they were “good news for the Venezuelan people”.

The US has previously accused Venezuela of using Mr Holt as a bargaining chip towards changing Washington’s sanctions policy on the country.

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