Venezuela's recently re-elected President Nicolas Maduro received former opposition candidate Javier Bertucci in Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Wednesday to discuss several proposals.
Bertucci said after the meeting that he had brought forward three proposals: the liberation of all political prisoners, the opening of a "humanitarian channel," and responses to opposition claims that the May 20 elections were fraudulent.
"For my country I will meet, I will dialogue and I will do whatever is necessary for an answer," Bertucci said.
"We cannot continue putting personal, egoist and ideological interests before the country... I went independently and accepted the chance to sit, converse, look for solutions for my people, for my country."
The meeting is a symbolic beginning to the national dialogue called for by the president after his electoral victory.
After coming third in last week's vote, Bertucci – of the Hope for Change party – recognized the results on Tuesday, and gave his support to a dialogue with the government.
Second place opposition candidate Henri Falcon rejected the results of the election.