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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Calls for an End to Sanctions, Respect for International Law

HeadlineSep 23, 2021

At the U.N. General Assembly, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro demanded an end to sanctions by the U.S. and others, which have devastated the Venezuelan economy and contributed to political and social unrest.

President Nicolás Maduro: “This is financial, monetary, economic persecution, which is systematic, cruel and criminal. And Venezuela is raising its voice here to denounce it before the people of the world.”

Maduro said Venezuela has been on a path to recovery in 2021, and called for world leaders to “build a new world” which respects multilateralism and international law. Maduro survived a U.S.-backed coup attempt in 2019.

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