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US to India: Stop buying oil from Venezuela

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Staff Writer | March 13, 2019
Vijay Gokhale
Asia   India is third-largest buyer of Venezuelan oil

The U.S. has asked India to stop buying oil from Venezuela, which is facing a string of sanctions from Washington, media reports said.

After meeting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the U.S. hopes India will not provide an “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of President Nicolas Maduro, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

India is third-largest buyer of Venezuelan oil.

“We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime,” PTI quoted Pompeo telling reporters after meeting Gokhale.

Pompeo said the issue was discussed during the meeting, but gave no details.

“In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I'm confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said.

PTI quoted Pompeo saying that nations that support Maduro are “carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others.”

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