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Hundreds of migrants gathered at the port of Lesbos waiting to board a ship that will take them to the port of Piraeus on September 7, 2105.ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP / Getty Images

President Nicolas Maduro says that Venezuela is ready to receive 20,000 Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.

Maduro made the comments on Monday during a meeting of his council of ministers in the government palace. He said: "I want 20,000 Syrians, Syrian families, to come to Venezuela and share this land in peace."

The socialist president reiterated his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has had close ties to Venezuela in recent years.

Since civil war broke out in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, more than any other refugee crisis in almost 25 years, according to the United Nations.