President Hails Iran-Venezuela 20-Year Cooperation Agreement as Indication of Resolve to Bolster Ties

President Hails Iran-Venezuela 20-Year Cooperation Agreement as Indication of Resolve to Bolster Ties

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hailed a 20-year partnership agreement signed by Iran and Venezuela as an indication of the two countries’ determination to develop bilateral ties despite US and Western pressure.

Raisi and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro signed the accord aimed at bolstering cooperation in various fields between Tehran and Caracas.

The signing ceremony was officially held in the presence of the two countries’ high-ranking officials in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday.

The partnership agreement includes cooperation in the fields of science, technology, agriculture, oil and gas, petrochemicals, tourism as well as culture.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought relations with independent countries in the field of foreign policy, and Venezuela has resisted the sanctions of the enemies and imperialism and has shown exemplary resistance,” Raisi told a presser after the ceremony.

He went on to say “there have been numerous sanctions and threats against our country over the past 24 years and the Iranian nation decided to turn the sanctions into an opportunity for the sake of the country's progress.”

The Venezuelan president, for his part, lauded the 20-year partnership agreement between Tehran and Caracas, saying the two sides will be able to expand bilateral relationship by consolidating their ties and drawing a clear vision in the next two decades.

“We will use the historical experiences of Iran and put technology at the focal point of this cooperation agreement,” Maduro said.

“We are witnessing different areas of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of energy, oil, gas, refineries and petrochemicals, and in the field of financing through the Iran-Venezuela Relations Development Bank, as well as in the field of defense.”

The Venezuelan president also confirmed the launch of direct flights from Caracas to Tehran and vice versa as of July 18, stressing that it will help develop  tourism.

“The youths of Iran and Venezuela must know that the world of the future is a world of equality and justice. We stand against imperialism, and together we must build the future,” Maduro said. “I tell the Iranian people to count on all our support and cooperation.”

Raisi also underlined that the maximum pressure on Iran, as the White House spokesman said, has miserably failed, and that the admission is a victory for Iran and a defeat for the enemies.

Praising the Venezuelan nation’s resistance against the US pressure, the Iranian president said, “Venezuela went through difficult years, but the will of the people and the government of this country was that it must stand up to the enemies, and it has moved in that direction.”

“Our relationship with Venezuela is strategic and exists in many different areas,” Raisi noted. “The signing of the 20-year cooperation document between the two countries is a manifestation of the will of the high officials of the two countries to expand ties in various fields.”

The Iranian president also said, “cooperation in the fields of energy, thermal power plants, repair and overhaul of refineries, exportation of technical and engineering services, economic, defense and military relations in the current government are indicative of the existence of many potentials and capacities in the two countries.”

Expressing hope that the Venezuelan president’s visit to Iran will be a turning point in boosting relations between the two countries, Raisi said the launch of Tehran-Caracas flights, which will take place soon, is a good ground for the two countries to expand economic and trade relations and to bring their relations closer.

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