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Deputy FM: Iran Keen to Strengthen Ties with Venezuela

Politics - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, in a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, stressed that the Iranian government lays emphasis on the deepening of bilateral ties with Venezuela.

During the meeting in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday, the Iranian deputy foreign minister conveyed President Hassan Rouhani’s warm greetings to his Venezuelan counterparty Nicolas Maduro, and said, “Relations with Venezuela are important for Iran and the (Iranian) government is determined to deepen mutual cooperation.”

The Venezuelan president, for his part, appreciated the Iranian nation and government’s resistance against international pressures, and said, “Caracas supports Tehran's freedom-seeking aspirations.”

During the meeting, President Maduro announced that he would visit Iran in the near future to review ways of consolidating ties and cooperation with Tehran.

He described Iran as a great power that deserves special respect.

Last month, Iranian and Venezuelan officials reiterated that expansion of ties among independent states would not only bring about sustainable economic progress, but also end the hegemonic powers' monopoly on world resources

In a meeting with Venezuelan Ambassador to Tehran Amenhotep Zambrano, Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri urged the strengthening of bilateral ties between Iran and Venezuela.

“The development of Iran-Venezuela cooperation will be influential in not only the two countries’ ties but also in many international relations,” Jahangiri said.

Zambrano, for his part, called for the expansion of Tehran-Caracas ties in all sectors, saying the development of relations between the two countries would shore up the economy of both Venezuela and that of the Latin America region.

Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, specially in economic, trade and industrial fields.

Iran's strong and rapidly growing ties with Latin America, specially with Venezuela, have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.
 

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