Spokeswoman Reiterates Iran’s Support for Venezuelan Government

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Sunday underlined Tehran's support for the Venezuelan government, and condemned violent acts and vandalism of public property in the Latin American country.

Spokeswoman Reiterates Iran’s Support for Venezuelan Government

Afkham said Tehran backs the policies, views and the measures taken by the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its call for the promotion of peace, friendship, democracy and sustainable development in the Latin American country.

Referring to the recent developments in Venezuela, she condemned acts of violence, killing of innocent people, vandalism of public property and destabilizing moves.

Afkham reiterated Iran’s support for Venezuelan government’s efforts to establish security and peace in the country and set the ground for the welfare and prosperity of the Latin American country’s people.

The Venezuelan capital of Caracas was the scene of days of violence recently.  

Friday night saw the latest in a series of anti-government protests in the opposition-strong east of Caracas. Fires were lit by masked protestors in the streets and tear gas was used by the riot police to combat the burgeoning violence.

Meanwhile, pro-government marches dedicated to ‘Love and Peace’, which represented a vital show of support for President Maduro’s government, were held on Saturday.

Bystanders at the pro-government march on Saturday spoke of the need for calm within the country.

Also on Sunday, a nongovernmental organization in Iran, known as the House of Latin America, or HOLA, called on the Iranian people and organizations to attend a gathering to voice their support to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The House of Latin America, in cooperation with the Venezuelan embassy in Tehran, has arranged a meeting to drum up popular support for the Latin American nation against the US-backed unrest that has raged recently in Caracas and a number of other cities.

The upcoming gathering is planned to be held on Tuesday, February 18, at Venezuela’s embassy in Tehran.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the HOLA invited the whole “Iranian revolutionary people, institutions and organizations” to attend the gathering.

The event is meant to enlist the Iranian nation’s support for Venezuela, which the statement said has recently witnessed “growing anti-revolutionary moves and street riots” along with an “imposed economic war that aims to bring Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution to its knees.”

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