News ID: 116126
Published: 0654 GMT April 20, 2015

Zarif: Tehran, Caracas share oppose int’l bullying

Zarif: Tehran, Caracas share oppose int’l bullying

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the United States for declaring Venezuela a threat to its national security, saying Tehran and Caracas have same policies for countering threats and use of force.

“Regarding Venezuela’s [non-permanent] membership in the UN Security Council and the pressing challenges facing the region, Tehran and Caracas share common policies for opposing [the use of] force and bullying approaches,” Zarif said in a joint press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez in Tehran on Monday, Press TV reported.

Earlier in March, US President Barack Obama signed an order to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, labeling the country an “extraordinary threat to national security”.

The Iranian foreign minister said Venezuelans like the Iranian nation have stood up to foreign threats.

Underlining the necessity of having coordination between Tehran and Caracas on oil policies, Zarif said he and his Venezuelan counterpart have held discussion in this respect.

Zarif also noted that cooperation among Iran, Venezuela and other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an important factor for oil market stability. Both Iran and Venezuela are OPEC member-states.

Rodriguez called for further enhancement of bilateral relations between Iran and Venezuela, hoping that bilateral cooperation would serve the interests of both countries.

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