Turkish President Erdogan receives President Maduro in Ankara

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara on Wednesday that he was against “primitive unilateral” sanctions against Venezuela.

He made the remark while speaking alongside the Latin American country’s President Nicolas Maduro at a joint press conference.

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Erdogan said he wanted to “reiterate that we will continue to support brotherly Venezuela”.

Maduro traveled to the Turkish capital as Russia’s foreign minister, a key ally of the ostracized Latin American regime, was also visiting the city.

The Venezuelan leader is also making his Eurasian tour after being pushed back by the United States, which decided not to invite him to this month’s Summit of the Americas.

Turkey is one of the few places in the world – Russia and Iran are other friendly states – where Maduro is welcome amid US sanctions against his country.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Maduro thanked Turkey for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic and said the two countries had signed three agreements on banking, agriculture and tourism.

Turkey and Venezuela have deepened their ties in recent years, with trade reaching nearly $850 million, according to Erdogan.

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