Press TV, Caracas
Within the framework of cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Venezuela, an Iranian ship carrying a cargo of food supplies has been sent to the Latin American country which is suffering from a shortage of some food products as a result of illegal US economic sanctions.
This food delivery was preceded by fuel-loaded tankers that weeks ago Tehran sent to Caracas amid efforts to help restore the gasoline supply in the socialist-ruled country, which has enforced faced shortages in gas stations due to the decline of its gasoline production caused by the US blockade.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has highlighted cooperation agreements reached with Iran as an effort to tackle the negative effects of the ongoing US economic restrictions. In line with Maduro's stance, Venezuelan officials have also stressed the importance of the Iranian contribution. Meanwhile, the opposition continues to criticize the close bonds between the two countries.
However, experts believe Iran and Venezuela will go on strengthening their strategic relations despite US actions to isolate the two countries.
Venezuelans welcome Iran's contribution, which includes the delivery of gasoline and other much-needed products. They hope the alliance will help the two nations to bypass US sanctions.