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President Raeisi: Iran, Latin America share desire for independence, justice

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi speaks to reporters upon his arrival in Tehran on June 16, 2023 at the end of a five-day visit to the Latin American countries of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. (Photo by

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has said that Iran and many Latin American countries share a common desire for independence and justice.

Raeisi made the remarks upon his arrival in Tehran on Friday after he wrapped up a four-day visit to the Latin American countries of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.

He said Latin America is a "strategic" region in the world with abundant natural resources and many intellectuals.

The president added that many Latin American nations have been resisting the imperialist system and fighting the current "unjust" world order for decades with the pursuit of "freedom and justice" being at the core of their efforts.

This spirit is also shared by the Islamic Revolution, Raeisi said, adding, "The foundation of the Islamic Revolution is the desire for independence, respect for the people's voice, and for justice."

The Iranian president underscored that Tehran's foreign policy is based on balanced and constructive relations with all countries in the world based on mutual interests.

Raeisi, however, warned that the Iranian nation will give a response in kind to anyone who seeks to carry out an act of hostility against it.

"We will pursue a balanced view to the East, the West, Latin America and all countries [across the world]…It was necessary to review and activate our relations with Latin America as a strategic center in the world," he said.

Raeisi said he held talks with the officials, economic players and business leaders of the three countries and signed 35 documents and agreements to boost cooperation in various fields such as energy, industry, mining, power plant and biotechnology.

The Iranian chief executive stressed the importance of following up on the agreements and said he had instructed his administration to implement them quickly to serve the interests of both sides.

A high-ranking delegation including the ministers of foreign affairs, oil, defense, and health accompanied Raeisi on his tour.

Iran has close ties with many Latin American states in different domains and seeks to further deepen its relations with those nations.

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