Mexican president says he would sell gasoline to Venezuela if asked
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that his country would sell gasoline to Venezuela for "humanitarian" reasons when asked to do so despite a series of U.S. sanctions against the South American country.
Lopez Obrador added that he had not received such a request from the Venezuelan government.
The U.S. government is trying to cut Venezuelan oil exports to keep socialist president Nicolas Maduro's government from its main source of income. Existing sanctions have severely cut Venezuelan exports, but Maduro has stuck to them.
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With Venezuela suffering from a severe gas shortage, Iran sent a five-tank flotilla to the country in May, despite Washington's criticism of trade between the two nations.
Still, Lopez Obrador said he was ready to send gasoline to Venezuela under the right circumstances.
"Mexico is an independent, sovereign country," he said during his regular morning press conference. "We make our own decisions and don't play with the policies of other countries."
The United States, which has not hindered Iranian tanker loads, is considering sanctioning dozens of other foreign oil tankers to trade with Venezuela, a US official told Reuters earlier this month.
(Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez in Mexico City; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Matthew Lewis)
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