Venezuela today sought India’s support in overcoming the crisis it is facing and blamed western powers for fuelling protests in the South American nation. The South American nation, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, is undergoing an economic crisis because of low global crude prices, leading to protests by disgruntled Venezuelans.
Speaking at a press conference at the Venezuelan Embassy here, Venezuela Ambassador Augusto Monitel insisted that the economic problems of the country should not be an excuse for “imperialist powers” to declare it as a “failed state”. “We would like support from every nation, including India, to help keep our sovereignty without any foreign intervention as is provided in the Charter of United Nations. Those are main principles and we in Venezuela conform to the notion and respect every country and expect the same in return,” he said.
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The ambassador gesticulated heavily during his two hour long diatribe against the US and the opposition back home.
He termed the US as “an imperialist nation” and those protesting in Venezuela as “paid by opposition and trained by international agencies.” “Venezuela is under a violent planned attack. Using youngsters who have been trained through the financing of NGOs to create violence on the streets, the (west) is justifying the criminality on the streets and rooting for elimination of Venezuela as a democracy,” he said.
Representatives of other south American nations including Charge of Affairs of Bolivia Juan Cortez, Ambassador of Equador Mentor Villagomez, Ambassador of Cuba Oscars Martinez and Charge of Affairs of El Salvador Felix Ulloa also attended the event and extended their support to the Venezuelan cause.
Venezuela is witnessing a massive anti-government protest with thousands of people demonstrating in the capital city of Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro with opposition blaming him for severe shortages of food, medicine and other essentials in the oil-rich country.