0758 GMT March 30, 2020
In a message to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Rouhani expressed his “sincere congratulations” to the South American nation on the anniversary of their 1811 independence, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Admiring the commitment of the Venezuelan nation and government to the ideals of its freedom-seeking leaders, such as Simon Bolivar and Hugo Chavez, the Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirms its deep and fraternal solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and expresses its full readiness to strengthen bilateral relations more than ever,” he said.
Rouhani also whished Maduro health and success and prayed for the prosperity of the Latin American country’s people.
The Congress of Venezuelan adopted the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence on July 5, 1811. Through the declaration, Venezuelans made the decision to separate from the Spanish crown in order to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship and dedication to freedom of expression.
The declaration proclaimed a new nation called the American Confederacy of Venezuela and was ratified by Congress on July 7, 1811.
Iran and Venezuela enjoy extremely high level of diplomatic ties and are strategic allies, as both countries strongly oppose “US imperialism.”
Trade between Venezuela and Iran have grown steadily during the recent years and the two countries have launched joint ventures in a number of sectors, including energy, agriculture, housing and infrastructure. The value of industrial development projects implemented by Iranian firms in Venezuela stood at around $4 billion in 2008.