Head of the Presidential Office Mohammad Nahavandian in a meeting with Venezuelan Vice-President for Economy Rodolfo Marco Torres underlined the need for further expansion of Tehran-Caracas relations.
“The good cooperation between the two countries should also expand in cultural and scientific fields in addition to the economic areas,” Nahavandian said.
The Iranian official lauded Venezuela’s decision to walk down the path of economic development, and said, “Reducing reliance on oil should be prioritized by the economies which are oil-dependent.”
Nahavandian pointed to the problems caused by the West’s oppressive sanctions against Iran, and said, “Iran managed to considerably reduce the inflation rate and turn negative growth into positive growth by minimizing the damage oil market fluctuations caused in the country.”
The Venezuelan vice-president, for his part, described Iran as Venezuela’s close friend, and said, “During the meetings with Iranian officials, the most important programs for the development of Tehran-Caracas relations were explored.”
The Venezuelan vice-president also submitted President Nicolas Maduro’s written message to President Rouhani, and underlined the need for a balance in the oil market and cooperation in this field.