Venezuela is coming to get its $550 million of gold at the Bank of England

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Reports say that Venezuelan officials are in London to meet with senior Bank of England staff over gold repatriation.
Venezuela is seeking to take back 16.5 tons of gold reserves currently held in the Bank of England’s vaults.
Venezuelan finance minister Simon Zerpa, and central bank governor Calixto Ortega Sanchez are reportedly set to meet Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden on Friday.
Britain’s central bank is seeking “clarity” before returning the metal.

Senior officials for the Venezuelan government have reportedly travelled to London for crunch talks with the Bank of England as they seek to repatriate more than $500 million of gold back to Caracas.

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in early November approached the Bank of England about removing roughly 16.5 tons of gold — worth in the region of $550 million — from the central bank’s vaults and returning it to South America. Emerging market nations frequently store gold reserves in foreign central banks.

At the time the request was first reported, Reuters said that the Bank of England had “sought to clarify” Venezuela’s intentions in taking back its gold. It now appears that officials, including Venezuelan finance minister Simon Zerpa, and central bank governor Calixto Ortega Sanchez, have come to London to provide further clarity, according to Reuters.

City AM reports that Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden will attend a meeting with the officials, but that it is unclear if Governor Mark Carney will be in attendance. Reuters reported that it was “not immediately evident” if any meeting would actually take place.

The Bank of England declined to comment.

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Source:: Business Insider

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