Ebrahim Raisi, President of the islamic republic of Iran, announced that he will visit several “friendly countries” in Latin America starting next week, including Venezuela.
The Iranian president will head a high-level commission that will leave Iran on Sunday, May 11, with the aim of improving the level of economic, political and scientific cooperation with Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.
In the meetings with the Latin American counterparts, the signing of several documents is expected to expand bilateral cooperation, reports the news agency IRNA.
This is Raisi’s first trip to Latin America since he took office in August 2021. Until now he had focused on visits to the region to strengthen relations with his neighbors.
Relations between Iran and Venezuela
Iran and Venezuela have close ties in the areas of energy, culture, economy and international politics. Both nations maintain a constant struggle against US imperialism and the Unilateral Coercive Measures imposed for not adhering to Washington’s rulings.
Cooperation between Tehran and Caracas deepened since the time of the late President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013) and has strengthened ever since.
At present, Iran has become one of the main allies of the Government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who visited the Persian country in May 2022.