Venezuela has issued an official condemnation of Wednesday’s bombing in Damascus that injured and killed top security chiefs in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The message comes from one of Assad’s few remaining allies, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez is an important friend. He has insisted on keeping trade flowing with Syria despite international sanctions. His oil-rich nation ships fuel to Syria, such as the diesel that Syrian military vehicles run on.
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The following are translated excerpts of Venezuela’s statement, as posted on the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry's website: