Press TV, Tehran
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro have signed a 20-year document on comprehensive strategic cooperation, which covers a wide range of petrochemical, oil, economic, tourism, cultural, and political fields.
In a press briefing after the signing ceremony, President Raeisi and his Venezuelan counterpart said the two countries should work together closely in areas such as trade, economy and agriculture as well as science and technology. They also hailed the establishment of direct Tehran-Caracas flights as an opportunity to enhance relations and bring the two nations closer together.
Earlier on Friday, in an interview with the Iranian Spanish TV channel Hispan TV, Maduro said Venezuela and Iran are on the front line of shaping a world free of imperialism and dominant powers. Maduro also hailed Iran's courageous move to send fuel tankers to his energy-hungry nation, saying Tehran's delivery of oil to Caracas was a great help to the Venezuelan people.
Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Maduro arrived in Tehran on a two-day state visit at the invitation of Iran’s president. This is his second visit to Tehran; the first one took place about six years ago.
Both Iran and Venezuela have managed to withstand the economic pressures from the United States and have closely cooperated to offset the impact of the illegal sanctions against the two nations, especially in their energy sectors.