Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has arrived in Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.
Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Maduro arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi.
He was welcomed by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Gharaei Ashtiani upon his arrival.
The Venezuelan president will meet his Iranian counterpart and participate in a meeting of high-ranking officials from the two countries.
Both Iran and Venezuela have managed to withstand economic pressure from the United States, and have closely cooperated to offset the impact of illegal sanctions, particularly those targeting the energy sector.
Iran has supplied fuel shipments and equipment needed in crude refineries to Venezuela in the face of US pressure on the country's shipping and trade services.
Venezuela has also received major shipments of condensate, a diluent of heavy oil, from Iran.
In a phone call with his Venezuelan counterpart in December, President Raeisi said Venezuela was targeted by the US because it seeks independence and freedom and fights against the arrogant system.