"Iran has completed tasks that we have been developing for 40 years and it has managed to establish a very powerful energy industry. We are helping each other and I think the Iranian experience will help us reinforce our management capacity in all plans and development projects [in Venezuela],” Maduro said in an interview broadcast on state television, Reuters reported.
He did not provide further details of how Iran was helping, noting he should maintain "silence since we are in a war."
“We are going step by step in many things that we are doing and they (projects) are being guarded, in silence since we are in a war, there is a lot of aggression, a lot of hatred, with those who want to destroy industries that are important to a country. So, we have to act cautiously but also firmly."
The US has imposed strict sanctions against Iran's oil industry. Earlier this year, Iran sent several gasoline cargoes to Venezuela to help it overcome fuel shortages, as well as equipment to help state oil company PDVSA repair its dilapidated refineries.