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China blasts Pompeo 'lies' on Venezuela

AFP  |  Beijing 

on Monday lashed out at US for accusing of prolonging the crisis in Venezuela, slamming his remarks as "lies".

has been Venezuela's main creditor and maintains relations with the government of Nicolas Maduro, which also enjoys support from

said had "wantonly slandered" China-relations, and that it is that views the region as its "backyard".

"For some time, some US politicians have been carrying the same version, the same script of slandering all over the world, and fanning the flames and sowing discord everywhere," said

"The words and deeds are despicable. But lies are lies, even if you say it a thousand times, they are still lies. Mr Pompeo, you can stop," he said.

In a speech in on Friday, said Beijing's "bankrolling" of Maduro's regime has "helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country." Pompeo wrapped up his four-nation tour of on Sunday with a visit to Cucuta, a Colombian city bordering and crossing point for thousands of Venezuelans who have fled the crisis in their homeland.

Pompeo reiterated US calls for Maduro to step down. and dozens of other countries have recognised opposition as the legitimate of

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 18:40 IST
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