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China opposes foreign interference in Venezuela's affairs: Envoy


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China has opposed to the foreign interference in Venezuela's internal affairs at a UN Security Council meeting.
"China maintains that all countries should abide by the basic principles of international law and international relations, opposes foreign interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, and opposes military intervention in Venezuela," Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the UN, said at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Venezuela on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
"China opposes using the issue of so-called humanitarian assistance for political purposes to create disability or even turbulence inside Venezuela and in the neighbouring region," he added.
"This serves no party's interest," the ambassador said.
Noting that China "pays close attention to" the current situation in Venezuela, the envoy said that China supports the efforts of the Venezuelan government to safeguard sovereignty, independence and stability.
"The affairs of Venezuela should be up to the Venezuelan people themselves," the envoy noted.
"China calls on the government and the opposition of Venezuela, within the constitutional and legal frameworks, to seek a political settlement through dialogue and consultation," Ma said.
The Security Council held the open meeting on the latest events in Venezuela at the request of the US.

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First Published: Feb 27 2019 | 6:30 AM IST

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