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Iran, Venezuela determined to expand strategic relations 

Jul 10, 2024, 12:00 PM
News ID: 85535261
Iran, Venezuela determined to expand strategic relations 

Tehran, IRNA – Iran's President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro say that Tehran and Caracas are resolved to enhance strategic ties in the long term.

Maduro and Pezeshkian during a telephone conversation on Wednesday affirmed their commitment to enhancing the enduring strategic partnership between their nations.

The two officials expressed interest to hold a meeting at the highest level in the future in a bid to further expand mutual ties.

The Venezuelan president said on social media that Iran can count on Venezuela, calling for reinforcing the mutual brotherly bond between the two countries.

Maduro considered the Islamic Republic of Iran as a true friend and a constant supporter of Venezuela.

While addressing Iran's president-elect, President Maduro said, "We assure you that Venezuela will remain your true friend and companion and we believe in the will of your Excellency to strengthen and improve the relations between the two countries."

In this telephone conversation, while appreciating the call and congratulatory message of the President of Venezuela, as well as expressing his sympathy with the government and people of Iran following the martyrdom of Ayatollah Raisi, the late president of Iran, the Pezeshkian said that  Venezuela has a special place in Iran's foreign policy and "we are very pleased that the level of cooperation between the two countries is excellent and growing in all fields".

The president-elect stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Venezuela have common challenges and ideals, including the desire for freedom, independence, and justice, and they have a common view and position on the Palestinian issue and support for the oppressed people of Gaza.

"Undoubtedly, my government also aims to broaden cooperation with Venezuela," he added

While wishing success, prosperity and pride for the government and nation of Venezuela and victory for President Maduro in the upcoming crucial elections, he invited the Venezuelan president to visit Iran.

Following Pezeshkian's win in the runoff election, Venezuelan government in a statement congratulated the Iranian nation on his victory, expressing Caracas’s readiness to strengthen fraternal ties in this new era.

Venezuela believes that the Iranian people’s decision will contribute to the nation’s prosperity and establish it as an emerging power in the multipolar world. Iran’s prominent role in peace consolidation and global development reinforces this perspective, the statement said.

Pezeshkian won the presidential election runoff to become Iran’s 9th president. Out of a total of 30,530,157 votes counted, Pezeshkian, a heart surgeon, won 16,384,403 votes while Saeed Jalili stood behind his rival with 13,538,179 ballots. The turnout was reported to be 49.8%.

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