Cuba's new leader praises Maduro in 'solidarity' visit to Venezuela

May 31, 2018 03:12
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CARACAS - Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel flew to Caracas on Wednesday for his first foreign trip as head of state, a show of solidarity for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, whose controversial re-election this month has drawn condemnation in the West.

"I pledge to you that no matter how big the challenges, you can count on Cuba today and forever," Diaz-Canel said after meeting Maduro in the Miraflores presidential palace."Venezuela now needs our solidarity," he earlier told Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, a pro-government legislative superbody.

The United States, the European Union and major Latin American countries have condemned Maduro's May 20 re-election, saying it did not meet democratic standards.

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