President Nicolas Maduro says talks in Norway between government and opposition representatives sought to “build a peaceful agenda”.
According to Al Jazeera, Norway’s foreign ministry, which has a tradition of conflict mediation, said on Friday that discussions were in an “exploratory phase”.
The meeting in Norway is seen as a fresh approach to ending months of tension that escalated last month after opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the military to overthrow Mr Maduro.
So far this year, dozens of people have been killed in opposition protests against the Maduro-led government.
An economic downturn has driven more than three million Venezuelans to leave, fleeing hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine.