People raise a new Venezuelan flag on the dome of the Federal Legislative Palace before a session for the installation of the National Parliament for the legislative period 2023-2024 at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on Jan 5, 2023. (FEDERICO PARRA / AFP)
CARACAS – The Venezuelan government on Tuesday repudiated US questioning of its commitment to the fight against terrorism.
In a statement, Caracas rebutted Washington's "questioning of Venezuela's commitment to the fight against terrorism, which has been demonstrated by the fulfillment of all its obligations year after year."
Venezuela also blamed the United States for the fact that one-third of the planet suffers from "economic, political and financial terrorism," which impedes development and world stability
The declaration, broadcast on state television, came after the US State Department certified before Congress that Cuba, Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Syria and Venezuela were not "cooperating fully with US antiterrorism efforts."
Underscoring US "cynicism," the statement said, "there are plenty of examples of terrorist practices against our region that have been protected and encouraged from Washington."
For example, the use of unilateral coercive measures as a foreign policy "constitutes, in itself, a true form of terrorism," it added.
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Venezuela also blamed the United States for the fact that one-third of the planet suffers from "economic, political and financial terrorism," which impedes development and world stability.
Caracas again urged Washington to respect international law.