BEIRUT, LEBANON, (1:45 A.M.) – One day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Hezbollah was operating inside of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro responded in a televised speech in Caracas.
According to Maduro, “Hezbollah is a legal political party within Lebanon’s political life. Hezbollah is primarily a political party, with ministers, deputies, and elected officials.”
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“We do not have, nor have we had any political relations with the Hezbollah political party. There are many Lebanese living in Venezuela,” he continued, as quoted by Al-Masdar’s Renato Velez.
“Long live the Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian Arab colonies in Venezuela,” he said.
“The U.S. will continue to spread lies – lies that have been proven false. The Lebanese in Venezuela have political freedom and Venezuela, in order to defend itself, does not need cells of anyone in the world. We will defend ourselves,” he added.