Maduro denies that one of his ministers is linked to Hezbollah

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, photo taken in Caracas on July 12, 2019
File AFP - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, photo taken in Caracas on July 12, 2019.

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro came out Friday in defense of his minister Tareck El Aissami, targeted by Washington and “traitors” of his government, who link him to the Hezbollah Shiite movement.

In a public address attended by Tareck El Aissami, Nicolas Maduro assured that the US government “spent its time attacking” its Minister of Industry “because he is the son of an Arab couple ( …), (and that he is) from a family partly in Syria and partly in Lebanon”.

“They want to bind him to Hezbollah, I know Tareck very well, I know him very well, never in his life has he had contact with anyone in Hezbollah,” said the head of the socialist state.

El Aissami, 44, has been on the Washington Drug Trafficking List since February 2017, the main supporter of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

In February, US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo claimed that Hezbollah, backed by Iran and considered a “terrorist” organization by the United States, was active in Venezuela.

Remarks confirmed in late June by the former chief of intelligence of Venezuela, General Christopher Figuera, left for Colombia after a failed uprising against Nicolas Maduro.

Figuera told the Washington Post in an interview that Hezbollah cells were operating in various parts of the country and raising funds.

“Everyday, the State Department and the traitors who went there (in the United States) to serve the Gringo empire, attack (Tareck El Aissami) because he is a brave man, who ‘No price, a true patriot and a revolutionary,’ insisted Mr Maduro.

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