Maduro highlights Iran-Venezuela’s common goal of fighting colonialism and imperialism – Reuters
Maduro made the remarks in an interview with Spanish Hispanic television channel Hispan TV after arriving in Tehran on Friday leading a high-ranking political-economic delegation.
Venezuela and Iran, according to Maduro, are at the forefront of shaping a world free from imperialism and the dominant powers.
“The era of US military dominance in the world is over,” the Venezuelan president said.
Venezuela and Iran should share knowledge in all fields to create a new world, Maduro said, stressing that humanity is in transition and a new geopolitical system would be established in the world.
Venezuela and Iran, two countries united by a common vision on international issues and victims of the coercive measures of the United States and its allies, have maintained diplomatic relations for more than 60 years. But mutual relations became strategic with the rise to power of the late Commander Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in 1999.
On the international scene, particularly on the conflict in Ukraine, the Venezuelan head of state declared “we are living in a period of geopolitical transition which will define the destiny of the 21st century”.
It is a century of declining hegemonic power and Iran and Venezuela are at the forefront of this process, Maduro said. The global cooperation map is the spearhead towards realizing a new world, he said.
Maduro hailed Iran’s courageous decision to send tankers to his energy-hungry country, saying Tehran’s delivery of oil to Caracas was a great help to the Venezuelan people.
Iran sent fuel to Venezuela despite US sanctions and threats, Maduro said.
Iran and Venezuela have successfully resisted economic pressure from the United States and have cooperated closely to offset the impact of illegal sanctions, especially those targeting their energy sectors.
Iran has provided Venezuela with fuel shipments and equipment needed for crude refineries in the face of US pressure on the country’s transportation and trade services. Venezuela has also received large shipments of condensate, a heavy oil thinner, from Iran.
Oil industry analysts said in January that Venezuela had doubled its oil production with help from Iran in defiance of US sanctions on Caracas.
Venezuelan oil production reached an estimated average of 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) in December and could reach 850,000 bpd in January, oil industry sources told the Miami Herald.
As part of the Tehran-Caracas strategic alliance, Iran sent five tankers loaded with 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and additives to Venezuela in May 2020 to supply the South American nation, mired in severe fuel shortages, as a result of the sanctions.
Venezuelan oil experts have confirmed the country’s significant production growth, pointing out that Iranian naphtha is essential for the government in Caracas to sell crude from the Orinoco oil belt, which must be diluted to be sold on the global markets.
Elsewhere in his interview, President Maduro said that Venezuela and Iran have enjoyed brotherly relations for decades, reiterating his country’s determination to seek closer cooperation with Tehran.
He said that Caracas and Tehran have revolutionary backgrounds and have always supported each other in difficult times.
Maduro also said that the two countries are working to expand cooperation in the tourism sector and establish direct flights between Caracas and Tehran.
He said that Venezuela welcomes and invites investments from Iran, noting that a delegation, which is currently accompanying him, aims to find ways to improve relations.
Venezuela and Iran would usher in a new era in their mutual relations, Maduro said.
He said that many companies are willing to work in Venezuela, which in itself justifies the fact that resistance to US sanctions will eventually bear fruit.
The Venezuelan president also stressed the need to properly inform the Iranian and Venezuelan nations about the sanctions war and find ways to counter them firmly.
Maduro said Caracas and Tehran have shaped the resistance economy strategy and are working to expand it. He said integrating people into the efforts of the two governments was among their key strategies to counter the sanctions.
The Venezuelan president has described Palestine as humanity’s holiest cause. Maduro said that the history of Palestine is admirable since people of different religions have lived there in peace.
Maduro censured the international community for keeping silent about the Israeli regime’s atrocities against the Palestinian people, stressing that Venezuela and Iran would continue to support the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation.