Maduro administration deepens cooperative ties with Iran — MercoPress

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Maduro administration deepens cooperative ties with Iran

Monday, November 14, 2022 – 09:44 UTC


Venezuela has repeatedly turned to Iran despite Western sanctions

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Islamic Republic of Iran have agreed to deepen their mutual cooperation in the fields of science, education, technology and energy security, the South American Minister of Health announced on Sunday. Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, from Tehran.

“We are participating in the 9th meeting of the Iran-Venezuela High Level Joint Committee. Science and technology are priority areas for binational cooperation. Iran is a country with which we are building forces and we have a historical relationship of respect,” Jiménez explained.

“Our scientific agreements with Iran are part of a policy of mutual learning and of building this other possible world, science for life,” she added.

In accordance with bilateral agreements, the two nations promote “the science of territories, for well-being, sovereignty and energy security”, while Venezuela has repeatedly turned to Iran for help despite sanctions from Western countries.

The administration of President Nicolás Maduro also over the weekend rejected the decision of the European Union (EU) to extend these unilateral measures for another year.

“With this anachronistic decision, we intend to insist on a completely erroneous strategy, with which the EU has failed, over the past five years, to achieve its objective of overthrowing the Bolivarian government or to divert our people from the political course. enshrined in our Constitution,” Caracas said in a Foreign Ministry statement.

The unilateral coercive measures “illegally applied by the European Union in a premeditated manner, massively punish and violate the human rights of the Venezuelan people”, since they “end up limiting access to food, medicine, primary supplies, machinery, spare parts and equipment needed to guarantee fundamental rights and ensure the normal development of our society,” the statement continued.

The Venezuelan government also underlined the contrast between these measures published on Friday and statements by French President Emmanuel Macron expressing his willingness to support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

“We refute the unhealthy policy of resorting to these tools of political blackmail, contrary to democratic principles and human rights, instituting a dangerous practice contrary to the principles of international law and peaceful coexistence between States”, also underlined the Maduro administration.

The Foreign Ministry insisted that the people and government of Venezuela “will insist on continuing to defend our sovereignty, based on our constitutional principles, reaffirming at all times our independence already won more than 200 years ago. “.

Sanctions dating back to 2017 include banning 36 people from entering the EU, in addition to freezing their assets. It also involves an arms and materiel embargo.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan on Friday that his country denounced before the International Labor Organization (ILO) based in Geneva the damage caused by the unilateral sanctions of the United States. “We have denounced in this multilateral space the harmful damage caused by the unilateral coercive measures imposed on our country and on other nations, which practically reach the characteristics of genocide”, declared from Switzerland the Minister of Labor Francisco Torrealba .

Torrealba stressed that these measures “must be eliminated and that international law must be respected”.

(Source: Xinhua)

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