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US to add Venezuela to list of terrorism-supporting states

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The United States plans to include Venezuela on the list of "countries that support and finance terrorism," the Washington Post reported.

The report comes as a group of Republican lawmakers led by Senator Marco Rubio argued that relations exist between the Venezuelan government, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other terrorist organizations.

Government officials declined to disclose to the Washington Post whether the final decision had been made, but the State Department last week asked experts from the Department of Health and Human Services to immediately assess the extent to which a country’s blacklisting would affect third-party aid programs with American funding in its territory, and officials confirmed to the newspaper that the talk is about Venezuela.

 

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