Venezuela, Arab States Able To Resist US Economic Pressure - Ambassador To Jordan

Venezuela, Arab States Able to Resist US Economic Pressure - Ambassador to Jordan

Venezuela and the Arab countries may boost the bilateral economic cooperation in order to successfully resist the US economic pressure, Venezuelan Ambassador to Jordan Omar Vielma Osuna told Sputnik on Friday

AMMAN (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) Venezuela and the Arab countries may boost the bilateral economic cooperation in order to successfully resist the US economic pressure, Venezuelan Ambassador to Jordan Omar Vielma Osuna told Sputnik on Friday.

"We want to change the economic policy in the world and along with our partners in the Arab region to show to the world that we are able to resist the US economy," Osuna said.

The ambassador noted that now Venezuela had stronger trade relations with Turkey, than with the Arab countries. He pointed out the need to build trade and economic relations with the Arab world that would not be bound only to the oil sector.

"We can develop the pharmaceutical industry along with the increase in gold production ... The Venezuelan goal is to make the country dependent not only on oil," Osuna stressed.

He added that the United States was trying to establish control over Venezuela due to the latter's huge oil resources.

Venezuela is currently in the midst of a political crisis. On January 5, lawmaker Juan Guaido was elected as the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognize since 2016.

On January 23, two days after the Venezuelan Supreme Court annulled his election, Guaido declared himself the country's "interim president." Incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn in for his second presidential term on January 10 after winning the May election, which part of the opposition boycotted, qualified Guaido's move as an attempt to stage a coup orchestrated by Washington.

While dozens of nations, including the United States, have since endorsed Guaido, Russia, China and numerous others have reaffirmed their support for Maduro as Venezuela's only legitimate president.

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