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2021-December-5  15:15

President Rayeesi: US Should End Sanctions against Independent Venezuela

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi blasted the US for targeting Venezuela by unlawful sanctions, and said that the global arrogance does not want to see the Latin American country be independent and free.

President Rayeesi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro

"The Latin American government and nation seek independence and justice and fight against the arrogant system," the Iranian president said while slamming the US for imposing unlawful sanctions against Venezuela.

He hailed Iran-Venezuela relations as strategic, and said that the development of bilateral relations, specially in trade and economic fields, is needed.

The Iranian president, meantime, congratulated President Maduro for last month's successful local and regional elections in that country which he said show the strength of the Venezuelan government.

Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party in November claimed sweeping victory in regional elections, the country’s first vote to include top opposition parties in nearly four years.

Elsewhere in the conversation, the Iranian president pointed to the position of Iran and Venezuela in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and said, "Cooperation in oil sector between the two countries should take a new form and we need to take greater steps in the field of refineries and petrochemical resources."

President Rayeesi stressed the importance of fully implementing the agreements already signed between the two countries, and said the ground must be prepared for both sides to sign more deals.

The Venezuelan president, for his part, said his country has succeeded in defending national peace through efforts by its people despite threats and attacks by imperialist powers.

President Maduro emphasized the need to promote his country’s economic relations with Iran, particularly in the energy field, and urged efforts to create lasting stability in the oil market.

In a relevant development in October, President Rayeesi in a meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia in Tehran underlined that Tehran is resolved to develop relations with developing and independence-seeking states of Latin America, specially Venezuela.

"Latin American countries, Venezuela in particular, are prioritized in the Islamic Republic of Iran's economic diplomacy, and we are determined to develop our relations with these countries," President Rayeesi said during the meeting in the Iranian capital.

The Iranian president pointed out that with a long-term cooperation program between the two countries, there is a clear prospect for expanding and deepening relations.

Welcoming the upcoming visit of President Maduro to Tehran in the near future, President Rayeesi said that during this visit new steps will be taken for long-term cooperation between the two countries.

The Venezuelan foreign minister, for his part, said that the two friendly countries of Iran and Venezuela are united against the hegemonic powers and those who want to harm the independence of these two countries.

Plasencia termed Iran an important and influential country in the region, and said that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, along with Iran, is committed to defending multilateralism and countering the US intervention.