Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bilateral Relations: Tehran, Caracas 'condemn threats against peace-seeking nations'

Source: IRNA

Tehran, Jan 10, IRNA – Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned Imperialism-Zionism sanctions and war threats against peace-seeking independent nations in a statement released on Monday.

The statement stressed Tehran-Caracas close cooperation against all kinds of terrorism arond the world.

“Iran and Venezuela support people’s demands for justice and freedom; any kind of foreign intervention in the regional countries will complicate the issues,” it added.

Ahmadinejad and Chavez expressed in the statement their condolence to the Syrian nation and government over mass killing of military and civilian peoples in recent unrests there and condemned the Zionist regime and Imperialism's interference in the region.

“International organizations and regional countries should do more to stop violation of the Palestinians' rights by Tel-Aviv and to fulfill their responsibility in support of the oppressed nation of Palestine, the two presidents’ statement underlined.

It concluded that Iranian president and the Venezuelan president called for expansion of ties between the tow countries at the maximum level.

The visiting Iranian and Venezuelan delegations also emphasized on expansion of relations between the two countries in their meeting on Monday.

Iranian delegation was headed by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and included Iranian Foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Minister of Economy and Finance Sayed Shamsedin Hosseini, Industry, Mine and Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari and Energy Minister Majid Namjoo.

The Iranian President also in a meeting with the Iranian economic activists in Venezuela emphasized on expansion of relations between Caracas and Tehran in various fields including economy.
Venezuelan President welcomed visiting Iranian president in the presidential palace on Monday.
The two leaders met in Caracas on Monday afternoon on the first leg of a four-nation tour that will also take Ahmadinejad to Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.

Chavez accuses the US and its allies of wrongly demonizing Iran. On Sunday, he rebuffed calls by US officials in support of Tehran.

'What the empire does is make you laugh, in its desperation to do something they won't be able to do: dominate this world,' Chavez said on Venezuela television before Ahmadinejad arrived there.

Iran–Venezuela relations have been strengthened substantially in recent years.

Trade between Venezuela and Iran is growing steadily and the two countries have launched joint ventures in a number of sectors, including energy, agriculture, housing, and infrastructure. The value of industrial development projects carried out by Iranian firms in Venezuela stands at around dlrs four billion.