Beijing, Feb 9 (AP) China says peaceful dialogue and political means are the “only way” toward enduring peace in Venezuela and says it backs multinational efforts toward that end.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying’s statement comes in response to a question about a meeting Thursday of an “International Contact Group” led by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and attended by leaders of 14 countries, including Spain, Italy, Portugal and Sweden.

China is a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, to whom it has lent billions to help shore up his embattled regime.

Hua said China “believes that Venezuela’s affairs should be resolved by the Venezuelan people under the framework of its constitution and laws and through peaceful dialogue and political means. This is the only way toward enduring peace in the country.” (AP)
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