0244 GMT August 04, 2020
In a message to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Rouhani expressed his sincere congratulations to the Latin American nation on the anniversary of its 1811 independence.
He also stressed the need to broaden the “friendly and strategic” relations between the two countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Rouhani expressed confidence that Venezuela will overcome the existing problems and its people will emerge victorious in the near future in light of the “resistance” shown by its government and great nation.
The Iranian president also whished Maduro health and success and prayed for the prosperity of the Latin American country’s people.
The congress of Venezuelan provinces adopted the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence on July 5, 1811. Through the declaration, Venezuelans made the decision to separate from the Spanish Crown in order to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship, and dedication to freedom of expression.
Iran and Venezuela enjoy high level of diplomatic ties and are strategic allies, as both countries strongly oppose to the US imperialism.
Recently, Iran sent five tankers loaded with 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela to help jump start the oil refineries there amid a fuel crisis.
Iran also sent a cargo ship carrying foodstuff to Venezuela, the sixth vessel Tehran has sent to the sanctions-hit Latin American country over the past weeks.
All of the vessels reached Venezuela under military escort in defiance of draconian American sanctions targeting both Iran and Venezuela.
Iran’s fuel shipments drew the ire of the US. American officials said Washington was considering responses to Iran’s move, prompting Tehran to warn of retaliatory measures if the US causes any problem for the Venezuela-bound tankers.
US federal prosecutors are also seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two allies, according to AP.
The lawsuit aims to stop delivery of Iranian gasoline aboard the tankers.