Iran Urges New Model of Cooperation with Venezuela in Oil Industry

Iran Urges New Model of Cooperation with Venezuela in Oil Industry

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called for a new shape of cooperation with Venezuela in the oil and petrochemical industries.

In a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night, Raisi hailed the strategic relations between Iran and Venezuela, saying, "The current relations between the two countries should be increased in the new Iranian administration's term."

Referring to the high capacity of Iran and Venezuela, he said, "Development of relations between Tehran and Caracas is a necessity, especially in trade and economic fields."

Lauding the Venezuelan people and government for their struggle against the arrogant powers, Raisi said, "The reason for the sanctions imposed by the domineering powers and the United States on the Venezuelan people and government is their independence and freedom."

Congratulating the successful holding of the recent elections in Venezuela, the president said, "Your success in holding the elections shows the authority of the Venezuelan government."

Referring to the position of Iran and Venezuela in the OPEC, Raisi urged that the oil cooperation between the two countries should take a new form as the two countries need to take greater steps in the field of refining and petrochemical resources, the president’s website reported.

Referring to the agreements between Iran and Venezuela, he added, "These agreements must be fully implemented and the ground must be prepared for new agreements."

For his part, the Venezuelan president said, "Despite the threats and attacks imposed on us by imperialism, we have been able to defend internal peace through the efforts of our people."

Stressing the need to create new dynamism in the economic relations between the two countries, Maduro referred to the good results of the meetings of the joint commissions between the two countries and said, "We must work for OPEC to achieve lasting stability in the oil market."

"There is a lot of joint work between Iran and Venezuela, and I am very optimistic that with the help of joint commissions we can conclude new agreements," he concluded.

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