Iranian FM, Venezuelan Delegation Discuss Oil Prices

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif exchanged views with a visiting Venezuelan delegation on a range of issues, including Tehran-Caracas relations and efforts to stabilize oil prices.

In the meeting with the Venezuelan delegation headed by Oil Minister Nelson Martinez and Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez held in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif hailed the current level of ties between the Islamic Republic and the Latin American country.

He further said efforts made by Caracas have been a major factor helping to stabilize oil prices.

The Iranian top diplomat went on to say that Tehran is ready to support international cooperation to reach a lasting agreement on oil prices that will serve the interests of OPEC members and non-members.

Rodríguez, for her part, described Venezuela’s relations with Iran as strategic.

She also said her country, as the current president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), believes that recent threats made against the Islamic Republic could never harm the Iranian nation. 

The Venezuelan foreign minister was seemingly referring to the new US administration’s anti-Tehran measures and rhetoric.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 27 banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iran, from entering the US.

Later, Washington added more Iranian individuals and entities to its anti-Iran sanction list. The US Treasury Department said it has published a list of 13 Iranian figures and 12 entities facing new sanctions.

Trump has also been using a language of threat against Iran in the past few days.

“Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me,” Trump tweeted Friday.

Earlier, Trump said on his twitter account that “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the US made with them!”

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