“The government of the United States is one of those most responsible for this disaster,” Chavez said at a news conference, calling for President Barack Obama to take a different tack.
“I hope Mr. Obama, if he’s re-elected, thinks things over, reflects — and the European governments,” Chavez said. He criticized European governments for meeting with Syrian dissidents.
Chavez has been a vocal defender of Assad, and Venezuelan officials have said the state oil company has sent three shipments of diesel fuel to aid Syria.
“How can we not support the government of Bashar al-Assad if it’s the legitimate government of Syria?” Chavez said. He called the rebels who are fighting Assad’s government “terrorists.”
Activists have estimated the death toll has surpassed 32,000 during nearly 19 months of violence in Syria.
Chavez said he would like to help ease the crisis in Syria but added: “What can a country like Venezuela do?”
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