The U.S. has asked India to stop buying oil from Venezuela, which is facing a string of sanctions from Washington, media reports said.
After meeting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the U.S. hopes India will not provide an "economic lifeline" to the "authoritarian" regime of President Nicolas Maduro, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
India is the third-largest buyer of Venezuelan oil.
Turkey, Russia, Iran, Cuba, China, and Bolivia have put their weight behind Maduro and denounced undemocratic measures.
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