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Iran Condemns 'U.S. Coup Attempt' In Venezuela

Anti-government protesters clash with security forces in Caracas, May 1, 2019

The Iranian foreign ministry on May 2 accused the United States of “attempting a coup” in Venezuela and condemned U.S. policy in regards with Maduro’s government.

Abbas Mousavi, the spokesperson of the foreign ministry said, “Iran strongly condemns America’s attempt to execute a coup in Venezuela and the statements of American officials aimed at creating turmoil and violence in that country”.

The Islamic Republic has been a close ally of the current Venezuelan regime since the early days of former president Hugo Chaves and later his successor Nicholas Maduro.

This is the second statement issued by Tehran. On April 30 when Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a “final phase” of protests to push Maduro out, Iran again condemned “unrest and chaos” and called for talks between the two sides.

The U.S. has recognized Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela and has called for Maduro to step aside, but there has been no U.S. military intervention in the country.

Tens of thousands took to the streets across the country since April 30, heeding Guaido's call to keep the pressure on Maduro. Clashes with security forces left four dead, along with hundreds injured or detained.