Venezuela on Friday accused the United States of arming and training terrorists, accusing Washington of helping them and supporting terrorism.
In a televised speech, President Nicolas Maduro said U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been financing and arming terrorists.
Maduro also accused the U.K. and France of providing weapons and logistical support to terrorists in Venezuela, while criticizing them for not being more forceful in stopping the flow of weapons.
“Today, the U, the United Kingdom, the French, the British, the Americans are the ones behind the violence and terrorism in Venezuela,” Maduro said in his speech at a resort in the southern city of Villa Rosa.
“The United States, France, Britain and the Americans have provided weapons and ammunition to terrorists, and they have provided logistical support, and it is their policy, to create an atmosphere of terrorism and hatred, to destabilize the country.”
In recent years, Venezuela has accused Washington of providing and supporting terrorist groups.
In March, a U.N. panel found that the U., France and other countries had supplied weapons to terrorist groups including Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group that is allied with Iran.
The U.k. government and the U (UK) government have both accused Venezuela of supporting the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq.