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Venezuela to send oil and diesel to Palestine

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Staff writer ▼ | May 17, 2014
Venezuela Palestine oil dealVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged send oil and diesel to the Palestinian Authority, as part of agreements signed with its leader Mahmud Abbas during his visit to Caracas.

Venezuela, which sits atop the world's largest oil reserves, said it would provide an initial shipment of 240,000 barrels of oil, but gave no details as to how it would send them.

"Thanks to Venezuela for supporting Palestine... to break Israel's monopoly on our economy, for your response to our needs, for your willingness to support the Palestinian people in their long struggle," Mr. Abbas said.

During the meeting, Mr. Maduro also agreed to support the Palestinian Authority's quest to be granted observer status in three Latin American regional organizations: the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). "The Palestinian people have the right to maintain commercial relations with the world as well."

Abbas arrived in Caracas after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London, a first since the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis collapsed.

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