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Iran seriously pursues boosting ties with Latin America: Amir-Abdollahian

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Nicaraguan counterpart Denis Moncada sign a cooperation document in Managua on Feb. 2, 2023.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran seriously pursues boosting relations with Latin American countries.

The top Iranian diplomat hailed enhanced ties with Nicaragua during a joint meeting with his Nicaraguan counterpart Denis Moncada in Managua on Wednesday.

“Iran is serious in looking at Latin America within the framework of its foreign policy doctrine. We are witnessing the expansion of relations between Iran and Nicaragua,” he said.

Amir-Abdollahian also expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector, saying both capitals agree to hold joint economic commission regularly.

“Our ambassadors are actively following up relations and I am happy that the positions of both countries regarding international issues are on the right track,” he said.

He added that the two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and political consultations mechanism.

The Iranian foreign minister also said Tehran strives for political independence for a multilateral world order.

Referring to US-led sanctions against independent countries, Amir-Abdollahian said sanctions are a “terrorist threat” that imperial powers use as leverage.

For his part, the Nicaraguan foreign minister said the cooperation document is the first agreement signed with Iran in 2023, noting that 14 such documents were inked last year in line with the interests of both nations.

He also voiced confidence that bilateral relations will be reinforced through joint work and cooperation, highlighting the need to boost cooperation with Iran as a friendly and brotherly country to achieve peace and secure the rights of the two nations.

Amir-Abdollahian traveled to Nicaragua on Wednesday, after making a visit to Mauritania. He is also expected to visit Venezuela as his second destination in Latin America.

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