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  • Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has lashed out at tour planned by the opposition, describing it as promoting U.S. imperialism.

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has lashed out at tour planned by the opposition, describing it as promoting U.S. imperialism. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 February 2018

Jorge Arreaza said the planned tour by Venezuela's opposition leader Julio Borges "is an extension of the tour of (U.S. Secretary of State Rex) Tillerson."

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, visiting Haiti as part of his tour of Latin America, has lashed out at an international tour planned by the opposition, describing it as designed to further the destabilizing interests of the United States.

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In an interview with teleSUR, Arreaza said the planned tour by Venezuela's opposition leader Julio Borges "is an extension of the tour of (U.S. Secretary of State Rex) Tillerson and will fulfill the rest of the imperialist tour against his own country; they should ashamed."

Arreaza went on to say that Venezuela needs an opposition that respects the people and their identity. "I know that there is part of the opposition that does not agree with what Mr. Borges did," he said, referring to the refusal of the opposition to sign the agreement reached in the Dominican Republic following extended dialogue.

The diplomat said Borges has broken his word and, in his opinion, is mocking the people of Venezuela, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who helped mediate the talks.

On Friday, Arreaza was received by Haitian President Jovenel Moise to support bilateral agreements and to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation in the face of "interventionist attacks by the U.S. government."

On his tour of Latin American and the Caribbean, Arreaza has also visited Cuba, Belize, Nicaragua, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and is now due to depart for Saint Vincent and the Grenadine.

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