CARACAS, Venezuela ( Associated Press) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and high-ranking officials from the South American nation met with Iran’s oil minister to discuss cooperation in energy matters and efforts to defeat economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies. met for.
According to a statement from the country’s petroleum ministry, officials from the two oil-producing countries ratified the agreements at meetings this week in Venezuela. Iran’s delegation was led by Oil Minister Javad Ovji.
According to the statement, Venezuela’s Petroleum Minister Tarek El Aisami praised “the position taken by the Persian nation in building routes and mechanisms to overcome the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the government of the United States and allied countries”.
No country has announced travel in advance.
Since the late President Hugo Chavez took power in 1999 and established the current leftist government, Venezuela has strengthened ties with Iran in the energy, commercial, financial and industrial sectors. In recent years, Iran has shipped gasoline and other products into the country amid a campaign of US sanctions.
Venezuela has one of the world’s largest oil reserves, but its industry is facing a crisis that officials link to sanctions imposed by the US to pressure the Maduro government to exit, but which analysts say. To say that the reasons for the decline in production are financial difficulties and lack of investment.
Maduro tweeted on Tuesday that Venezuela has always been supported by Iran. He said Iran can count on Venezuela’s “support and commitment to move forward on a path of shared benefit and complementarity for our people”.
Ouji also tweeted that the countries have a long history and want them to “use all potential to develop mutual relations and cooperation.”