Maduro stresses need to bolster Tehran-Caracas bilateral cooperation
The Venezuelan President points to the experiences of Venezuela and Iran in facing common challenges.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stressed on Friday the need to strengthen cooperation between Tehran and Caracas.
After his trip to Nicaragua, Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Caracas late on Thursday, heading a high-ranking Iranian delegation.
During a meeting in the Venezuelan capital, Maduro and Amir-Abdollahian reviewed the process of cooperation between Venezuela and Iran, highlighting the need to expedite the implementation of projects between the two countries, as well as being careful in defending national interests against external pressures.
Maduro conveyed his greetings to Iranian leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi and pointed to the experiences of the two nations in facing common challenges.
On Twitter, Maduro described Amir-Abdollahian's visit as "productive", adding, "I am sure that our relations will continue to strengthen for technological, industrial, scientific and cultural exchange that benefits both peoples."
Productiva visita del Canciller de la hermana República Islámica de Irán, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. Tengo la seguridad que nuestras relaciones seguirán fortaleciéndose para el intercambio tecnológico, industrial, científico y cultural que beneficie a ambos pueblos. pic.twitter.com/u6KeMmXddz— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 4, 2023
Referring to the Venezuelan President's visit to Iran and the signing of the comprehensive cooperation document between Tehran and Caracas, Amir-Abdollahian considered the visit a milestone in bilateral relations.
Iran has no limits for developing ties with Venezuela
Earlier on Friday, the Iranian Foreign Minister met with his recently-appointed Venezuelan counterpart, Yvan Gil Pinto.
Amir-Abdollahian called for the bolstering of bilateral ties between the two countries in all fields, stressing that Iran has no limits for developing its ties with Venezuela.
Referring to unilateral US sanctions imposed on both Iran and Venezuela, the top Iranian diplomat emphasized the need for coordinated efforts to nullify these sanctions and the implementation of bilateral agreements in this regard.
On his part, Gil Pinto pointed out that Tehran and Caracas have been two major partners in dealing with bilateral and international issues in recent years, hailing the Iranian-Venezuelan cooperation within the framework of the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations.
Amir-Abdollahian also held talks with Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami, which pointed to Iran's experiences in the field of energy and technology and welcomed the use of these experiences for closer cooperation in the oil sector.
Elsewhere, the top Iranian diplomat met with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez early on Saturday.
In Managua, Nicaragua's capital, Amir-Abdollahian had indicated that "Iran is serious in looking at Latin America within the framework of its foreign policy doctrine."
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