Irán, Venezuela to sign 20-year cooperation accord

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Venezuelan President Maduro will meet his Iranian counterpart on visit to Tehran ‘in the next few months’.

By Aljazeera – Maziar Motamedi

Oct 18, 2021

Irán will sign a 20-year cooperation accord with Venezuela when President Nicolas Maduro visits Tehran “in the next few months”.

In a joint press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart Felix Plasencia in Tehran on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian announced the news and added that a joint economic cooperation commission, which will be formed in Iran’s capital before the end of the year which, will finalise the details of the agreement.

“All of this confirms that relations between the two countries are on the rise,” Amirabdollahian said, adding that some of the agreements made earlier on cooperation on a wide range of issues, including energy, are currently being implemented.

Plasencia’s visit to Irán came shortly after Reuters news agency reported on Saturday that an Iran-flagged supertanker, carrying two million barrels of heavy crude provided by the Venezuelan state-run oil firm, was about to set sail for Irán.

The vessel had reportedly arrived in Venezuela last month carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian condensate.

The exchange was part of a swap deal between the two countries that defies unilateral United States sanctions on both states.

During the joint press conference, the Iranian foreign minister expressed full support for the people of Venezuela and President Nicholas Maduro, and said US policies on Venezuela are “unconstructive”.

“In bilateral cooperation, we are now on a path where Iranian goods are accessible in several Venezuelan cities,” Amirabdollahian said.

The Venezuelan foreign minister also met President Ebrahim Raisi, who told him Iran wished to expand its ties with Latin American countries.

“In this administration, we are determined to set aside problems created by enemies and continue the country’s path of progress,” Raisi was quoted as saying by his website.

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