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Iran–Venezuela relations (Spanish: Las relaciones de Irán y Venezuela; Persian: روابط ایران و ونزوئلا) have strengthened substantially in recent years. The two countries are strategic allies. The presidents of Venezuela and Iran, President Hugo Chavez and President Ahmadinejad, respectively, had both described themselves on the world stage as opposed to "US imperialism". Citing this commonality of opinion, they regard each other as allies, and they have embarked on a number of initiatives together. For example, on January 6, 2007, the two announced that they would use some money from a previously-announced $2bn joint fund to invest in other countries that were "attempting to liberate themselves from the imperialist yoke", in Chavez''s words. The two presidents declared an "axis of unity" against "US imperialism".
- 1 History
- 2 Academic relations
- 3 Trade relations
- 4 Venezuela threat to sell F-16 fleet to Iran
- 5 Relations with other South American countries
- 6 "G-2 summit" and development bank
- 7 Bilateral visits
- 8 U.S. Congress Examines Iranian Links
- 9 References
President Chávez had developed strong ties with the government of Iran, in particular in the area of energy production, economic, and industrial cooperation. He has visited Iran on several occasions, the first time in 2001, when he declared that he came to Iran to "prepare the road for peace, justice, stability and progress for the 21st century". Mohamed Khatami also has visited Venezuela on three occasions. During his 2005 visit, Chávez awarded him the Orden del Libertador and called him a "tireless fighter for all the right causes in the world". In May 2006, Chávez expressed his favorable view of the production of nuclear energy in Iran announced by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and denied that they had plans to develop atomic weapons. His relationship with Iran and his support of their nuclear program has created concern for the US administration.
On March 16, 2007, Chavez said in a television interview that he disagreed with President Ahmadinejad''s alleged call to "wipe Israel off the map" (which is a mistranslation) saying "I don''t support causing harm to any nation.". (
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