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Brazil warns against 'foreign meddling' in Venezuela

Brazil warns against foreign meddling in Venezuela

Sao Paulo: Brazil warned against 'foreign meddling' in Venezuela's political affairs, days after the United States said it was not ready to recognise the result of last weekend's elections.

In an interview with the official Agencia Brasil published yesterday, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota appeared to take a thinly veiled swipe at the US and international bodies which have yet to formally acknowledge the election victory of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro's election to succeed Hugo Chavez has triggered protests in Venezuela with opposition figures claiming the ballot was rigged.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union have called for a recount of the ballot.

However, Patriota appeared to take aim at the the US and EU when asked about Venezuela.

"The era of interference by powers from the hemisphere or other regions is outdated and I hope it will not come back," Patriota said.

On Friday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff joined other regional leaders in Caracas for the inauguration of Maduro.

"We have confidence in Venezuelan institutions...The important thing is for Venezuela society to seek reconciliation because there are many challenges despite the progress made in the past few years," Patriota said.

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