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IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran-Venezuela relations strategic: President Raisi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Jun 11, 2022

Tehran, IRNA -- Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said that the relations between Iran and Venezuela were strategic and the two countries would keep up the ties as proven by signing a 20-year cooperation document.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Tehran on Saturday, President Raisi said that Iran has always sought to have ties with independent countries and that Venezuela's resistance against imperialism and enemies was exemplary.

He mentioned the sanctions imposed against Iran during the last four decades and said that Iran has decided to leverage these sanctions to make improvement opportunities for the country.

As the White House press secretary has confessed, President Raisi said, the US' maximum pressure policy has abjectly failed and this is a victory for the Iranian people and a failure for the enemy.

The President also noted that the Venezuelan nation, which has had difficult years under US sanctions, has been determined to stand against the enemies.

Venezuela has left hyperinflation behind and resumed economic growth, Raisi said, noting that this was a sign that proved resistance worked and forced the enemy to draw back.

Iran and Venezuela have good cooperation on energy, thermal plants, refinery maintenance, technical and engineering service, economy, defense, and military which is indicative of the high capacity of their relations, Iran's President noted.

He also said that Iran and Venezuela have taken measures on cooperation in science and technology, as knowledge-based companies and sci-tech parks in both countries are ready to exchange experiences.

President Raisi said that the imminent resumption of Tehran-Caracas direct flights could facilitate business ties and the relationship between the two nations.


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