The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, said today in Beirut that "the only interference" that exists in his country is that of the United States and not that of Russia.
"There is no Russian interference in Venezuela, there has been military and technical cooperation for years, the only interference we have every day is that of the United States," Arreaza told a group of journalists outside the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Arreaza held separate meetings today with his counterpart, Gebrán Basil, and with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, to whom he transmitted a message from Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro.
The Venezuelan foreign minister, who assured that he did not make Aoun "any demand", said he was "satisfied" with his meetings in Lebanon and Turkey, a country that he also visited in recent days, according to a statement from the Lebanese Presidency.
Venezuela, which hosts one of the largest Lebanese communities in all of Latin America, underlined the "great potential for cooperation" that exists between both countries.
The Venezuelan foreign minister did not rule out a meeting with the leader of the Shi'ite Hezbollah militia, Hasan Nasrallah, before leaving for Syria, where he will meet with his president, Bashar al-Assad.
"We will express our admiration for President Bashar al-Assad, his struggle, his heroism, for the Army, and we will talk about cooperation projects," Arreaza said of the Syrian leader, whose biggest ally is Russia.
China, Russia and Syria recognize Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela, while Venezuelan Parliament Chief Juan Guaidó is recognized as interim president by more than fifty countries, including the United States.