14:14 GMT11 July 2020
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    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will pay an official visit to the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday.

    During the visit, Arreaza will hold a press conference with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem.

    According to Sputnik's source in the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus, the Venezuelan minister is also expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the course of his visit.

    Arreaza comes to Syria after visiting Beirut, where he held meetings with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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    Syria, as well as Russia, China, and some other countries, have given their support to the government of legitimate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the wake of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaiming himself the "interim president" of the Latin American country.

    Guaido was immediately recognised by the US. Washington then subsequently imposed more sanctions against Caracas and confiscated some assets of the Venezuelan state.

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    Jorge Arreaza, Walid Muallem, Nicolas Maduro, Syria, Venezuela
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