AFP: Venezuela, Cuba warn of US intervention at Non-Aligned meet
Porlamar (Venezuela) (AFP) - Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro has warned world leaders at a Non-Aligned Summit that his country was being lashed by a US economic war aimed at toppling him.
Speaking at the same event, which opened Saturday, Maduro's closest regional ally, Cuban President Raul Castro, echoed the charge, despite his country's thawing relations with the United States.
"Venezuela is facing an onslaught... that is against all of Latin America and the Caribbean, that is trying to re-impose and recolonize the politics, economy, culture and life of our countries," Maduro -- a socialist who has made the economy increasingly state-run -- charged in his speech after taking over the movement's rotating presidency from Iran.
Leaders from the 120-nation group, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, gathered for two days on Venezuela's Caribbean island of Margarita.
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WNU Editor: Blaming others for the mess that one's country is in can only work so long .... in Venezuela that blame is now falling on deaf ears. As for the Non-Aligned Summit being held in Venezuela .... only 8 world leaders showed up .... Only eight foreign leaders confirm attendance at lavish Venezuela summit (DW).