Iran, Venezuela sign 20-year strategic cooperation deal
Tehran, Jun 11 (EFE).- Iran and Venezuela on Saturday signed a 20-year strategic cooperation deal during Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s visit to Tehran.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Venezuelan counterpart attended the signing of the agreement at the Sad Abad Palace in Tehran, in a meeting described as the beginning of “an indestructible friendship” between the two leaders.
“We have great cooperation fronts between Iran and Venezuela,” Maduro said at a joint press conference with Raisi. “At the energy level, oil, gas, refineries, petrochemicals, at the financial level, at the defense level”.
Raisi, meanwhile, highlighted the “strategic” relations between the two countries against “imperialism”, referring to the United States.
“The signing of the 20-year cooperation document is a sign of the will of the high authorities of both countries to expand ties in different areas,” he said.
Although no details have been revealed, Maduro said the cooperation aims to “consolidate the sovereignty and food security of our countries.”
Maduro also announced that direct flights between Caracas and Tehran would begin on July 18, an announcement that has been made in the past without coming into force.
The Venezuelan president arrived in Tehran on Friday, as part of an international trip that has already seen him make stops in Turkey and Algeria.
Iran has become one of the Maduro government’s main allies in recent years, particularly since 2020 when Caracas turned to Tehran for fuel to counter gasoline shortages. EFE