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  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 30, 2018.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 30, 2018. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 24 January 2019

Turkey reiterated support for the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Thursday Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated support for President Nicolas Maduro, and stated that recognizing the opposition-controlled National Assembly's President Juan Guaido - as the new head of the Venezuelan state - will bring chaos to the Latin American country.

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"The United States and some Latin American countries have recently been interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela. There is an elected president, but the speaker of the parliament has declared himself president and some countries have recognized this. This very strange situation can lead to chaos," Cavasoglu said during an interview with Turkish AHaber TV channel, as reported by UrduPoint News.

"We are against the isolation of countries. The United States is continually interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs," he declared and reiterated his support for President Maduro.

Cavusoglu also disclosed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to his Venezuelan counterpart to express Turkey's solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic.

"My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you," Erdogan said, according to Ibrahim Kalin, spokesperson for the Turkish Presidency.

Turkey reiterates opposition for Juan Guaido, who has declared himself as interim president of Venezuela.

Vice President Fuat Oktay also attended President Maduro's investiture on Jan. 10, further aligning support - along with other countries such as Russia and Mexico - for the government of Venezuela.

Turkey is an important supplier, of food and other goods, to Venezuela and has also begun to refine and certify Venezuelan gold.

In addition, both countries announced cooperation projects for the exploitation of coal and gold, last year.


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