The president of Venezuela has banned George W Bush from entering the South American nation, labelling him “a terrorist”.

Former US president Bush, and his vice-president, Dick Cheney, are accused of having committed “terrorist acts and grave human rights violations” in Syria, Iraq and Vietnam and are no longer eligible for visas to visit the oil-rich state.

“Considering that the Republic of Venezuela is a sovereign state that promotes and guarantees universal respect for human rights,” reads a decree issued by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro today.

“It resolves to prohibit the sanctioning of any visa or entry to Venezuela to… George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.”

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