Venezuelan President to Visit Iran “Very Soon” | World news
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that he would visit Iran soon to finalize new cooperation agreements with the Middle Eastern country, which has become Venezuela’s main ally in increasing oil production amid US sanctions.
Venezuela and Iran have strengthened their ties since last year.
Maduro’s government received vital equipment from Iran for its oil industry, which in turn received crude and other primary resources from the South American country. Iran has played a crucial role in increasing Venezuela’s oil production in 2021.
“I am going to Tehran very soon, for a visit that President (Ebrahim) Raisi has offered me, so that we can meet in person, to have conversations and sign new agreements (…) and to speed up the processes of cooperation, “Maduro said at a press conference. interview with satellite news broadcaster Al Mayadeen in Spanish, which was then broadcast on Venezuelan state television.
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Maduro said he had had two phone conversations with the Iranian president, adding that they had agreed to work on new plans, without providing details. He also did not give a date for the visit but called the two countries “fighters”.
In 2022, Venezuela will also seek to reactivate the means of cooperation with Arab countries, Maduro added, saying that “they love us in the Arab world, I know the Arab governments and people love Venezuela”.
The tightening of US sanctions since 2019 has affected Venezuela’s ability to sell crude and import fuel, exacerbating gasoline shortages across the country.
(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Oliver Griffin)
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