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Venezuela to Delay Restrictions on US Airlines


Venezuela has agreed to delay its planned suspension of some U.S. flights to allow talks with the affected airlines.

In a statement, the Venezuelan aviation ministry said the restrictions, set to take effect on Wednesday, will now be postponed until March 30.

It added that officials met Friday with representatives from several U.S. airlines, and said more talks are expected in coming days.

U.S. officials have said the suspension of flights would violate a 50-year-old aviation deal between the nations. They expressed hope that talks will help resolve the dispute.

Venezuelan officials announced the ban last week in response to U.S. restrictions placed on Venezuelan planes 10-years-ago because of security concerns.

They say the United States has failed to acknowledge security improvements taken by Venezuelan companies in recent years.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.