Venezuela frees 7 Americans in swap for Maduro wife's nephews
President Joe Biden issued the announcement that the Americans were on their way home -- and a senior official in his administration confirmed shortly afterward that the US leader had made the "painful decision" to greenlight the prisoner swap to secure their freedom.
Venezuela Frees 7 Americans in Swap for President Maduro Wife's Nephews
The negotiated release of "two young Venezuelans" held in the United States was confirmed in a near-simultaneous statement by Caracas -- whose relations with Washington have been severely strained for years.
Venezuela frees seven jailed Americans in swap for two Maduro relatives
The exchange included executives of Citgo Petroleum held for years, in addition to U.S. Marine veteran Matthew Heath and another U.S. citizen named Osman Khan. They were swapped for two of Maduro's wife's nephews, who were arrested in 2015.
Venezuela swaps prisoners with US in hint of thawing relations
Exchange of Maduro nephews for seven Americans is unusual gesture of goodwill from socialist president but Washington denies any change in policyVenezuela has freed seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the US releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions.The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, follows months of back-channel diplom…
Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; U.S. frees 2 prisoners
In a rare softening of hostile relations, the White House said Saturday that Venezuela freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country and the United States released two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife who had been jailed for years on drug smuggling convictions.