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PA Foreign Minister meets with Venezuelan dictator: “Venezuela and Palestine need to increase their efforts to fight the American administration’s arrogance”

Headline: “The president of Venezuela emphasizes his country’s constant position supporting the Palestinian cause”

“Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro emphasized his country’s principled and constant position supporting the Palestinian cause in an unlimited and unconditional manner, and this is out of an ethical and human commitment.

During his meeting with [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki, which was held on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Committee’s discussions, Maduro emphasized that Venezuela and Palestine need to increase their efforts to fight the American administration’s arrogance…

Al-Malki briefed the president of Venezuela on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena and on the international activity that the Palestinian leadership is carrying out – including in all that is related to the International Criminal Court – in order to fight the American and Israeli efforts to eliminate the Palestinian cause.”

Venezuelan crisis 2018-2019 - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won a second term in the Venezuelan presidential election in May 2018; however, the election was determined to be fraudulent and Venezuela has been considered to be without a president by most of the international community since Jan. 10, 2019, when Nicolás Maduro’s legitimate term ended. Maduro nevertheless has continued as president, supported by countries like Russia, China, Mexico, Syria, Iran, and Turkey. The US, Canada, the EU, and others have condemned this and encouraged support for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president. Guaidó proclaimed himself “acting president” on Jan. 23, 2019, but Maduro has refused to step down. The countries supporting Guaidó have been accused by Russia and others of fomenting a coup. Dozens have been killed in protests against Maduro and his government, and the people are suffering under food and medicine shortages.