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2022-July-6  16:01

President: Iran Seeks Development of Friendly, Strategic Ties with Venezuela

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi called for enhanced level of friendly and strategic relations with Venezuela, and also called for active resistance against the imperialist policies of the world powers.

Rayeesi made the remarks in a message to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday on the anniversary of the Latin American country's independence.

The Iranian president underlined that he was confident that victory would be achieved by expanding bilateral relations and making use of the model of active resistance in the face of the excessive demands of imperialist countries.

He extended his congratulations to the Venezuelan president and people on the anniversary of the country's independence, which is reminiscent of efforts by Simon Bolivar, the late South America's 19th century independence hero and political leader, toward the freedom of Venezuela and other Latin American states.

"This historic day is a symbol of efforts by the freedom-seeking countries to abolish colonial dominance," Rayeesi said.

He expressed the hope that Tehran and Caracas would further improve "friendly and strategic" relations and implement the agreements previously reached between them.

During a visit by the Venezuelan president to Iran last month, Tehran and Caracas signed a 20-year partnership agreement aimed at bolstering cooperation in various sectors, particularly in science, technology, agriculture, oil and gas, petrochemicals, tourism as well as culture.

Rayeesi has hailed the accord as an indication of the two countries' determination to expand bilateral ties despite US and Western pressure.

Concurrently with Maduro's visit to Tehran, an Iran-flagged tanker carrying about 1 million barrels of crude reportedly arrived in Venezuelan waters to deliver its shipment to state-run oil firm PDVSA.

The cargo was the third of Iranian crude supplied by Iran’s Naftiran Intertrade Co (NICO) to Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA following a supply contract providing the South American nation with lighter crude.

Iran has sent several cargos of fuel to Venezuela and helped in refinery repairs since 2020, frustrating Washington’s attempt to slap tough sanctions on both nations.

The expanding energy cooperation between Iran and its South American ally helps the latter convert its extra-heavy oil and boost its exports.