MEXICO CITY, September 8. /TASS/. Venezuela will accept 20,000 refugees from Syria, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday. He noted that he had given instructions to Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez.
"Let 20,000 Syrians come to our Venezuelan homeland to live with us on this land of peace, the land of Bolivar, to work with us and to contribute to the development of this magical land with their work and a song of praise for the Lord," Maduro said. He added that Venezuela loved and respected the Syrian people who were suffering from a civil war going on for several years.
According to the Telesur TV channel, the Venezuelan leader also condemned the plans of the Western countries to topple the Syrian president and noted that Bashar al-Assad had been democratically elected by the people.