Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro and Iran’s hard-line president signed a 20-year cooperation agreement Saturday, a day after Maduro praised the Islamic Republic for sending badly needed fuel to his nation despite U.S. sanctions.
By AP News – Amir Vahdat
Jun 11, 2022
In an interview with President Maduro after his arrival in Tehran for a two-day visit, Iranian state media reported late Friday that Maduro hailed Iran’s move to send fuel tankers to his energy-hungry nation.
“Tehran’s delivery of oil to Caracas was a great help to the Venezuelan people,” he said.
Maduro’s first visit to Iran comes amid tensions across the Middle East over the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. U.S. sanctions and rising global food prices are choking Iran’s ailing economy, putting further pressure on its government and its people.
A high-ranking political and economic delegation from Venezuela – which like Iran is under heavy U.S. sanctions – is accompanying Maduro on his visit, following an invitation from hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi.
In a joint press conference Saturday, Raisi and Maduro signed a 20-year agreement to expand ties in the oil and petrochemical industries, the military and the economy.
Iranian English-language PressTV quoted Maduro before the news conference as saying the two men would meet to discuss “the need to well inform the Iranian and Venezuelan nations about the war of sanctions and find ways to counter them with steadfastness.”
Maduro said Venezuela and Irán are united by “a common vision” on international issues and are both victims of coercive measures by the United States and its allies.
“Caracas and Tehran have shaped the strategy of (a) resistance economy and are working to expand it,” he said.
On his website, Khamenei said that the successful experience of the two countries showed that the only way to face the United States’ pressures and wars is “to resist.” He thanked Maduro and the people of Venezuela for their resistance, saying that “today, the United States views Venezuela differently.”