0343 GMT June 21, 2021
Iran’s relations with Venezuela are not against any third country, said the government’s spokesman, dismissing concerns in this regard.
Ali Rabiei made the remarks on Tuesday in an address to a weekly press conference and in reaction to the report by Politico magazine that “the US national security community is monitoring two Iranian naval vessels whose ultimate destination may be Venezuela”, IRNA reported.
"An Iranian frigate and the Makran, a former oil tanker that was converted to a floating forward staging base, have been heading south along the east coast of Africa," Politico quoted three people familiar with the situation as saying.
Rabiei added it is an indisputable right of Iran to continue its friendly ties with all other countries in economic, political, cultural and military fields based on international laws and regulations and to follow up on these relations in order to enhance its bilateral cooperation and promote international peace.
“There is no unnatural issue in friendly and customary relations between Iran and Venezuela.”
Rabiei said using the word “provocative” to describe such relations is an incorrect and pessimistic choice, which fails to reflect Iran’s real intentions for having constructive ties with other countries, including Venezuela.
Politico report claimed the visit by Iranian ships to Venezuela was “a provocative move at a tense moment” in relations between Tehran and Washington.
Iranian Navy ships have always conducted positive and successful activities in the region and other surrounding areas aiming to achieving peaceful purposes, such as fighting pirates and smugglers and protecting the environment, he stressed.