The exchange of Maduro nephews for seven Americans is an extraordinary show of

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goodwill from the socialist president, but Washington denies any change in policy.

The exchange of the Americans, which included five oil executives

who had been held for nearly five years, comes after months of back-channel diplomacy by senior US officials - secretive talks

with a major oil producer that became more pressing after sanctions against Russia put pressure on global energy prices.

In a statement, President Joe Biden stated, "These folks will soon be reunited 

with their families and back in the arms of their loved ones where they belong."

we are committed to achieving the release of those families

who are currently suffering and separated from their loved ones who are unlawfully jailed."

The agreement is an extraordinary show of goodwill by Maduro as the socialist leader seeks to repair relations with the US.

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