IFP - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says his country supports Iran in its efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity against the US and the Western sanctions.
Arreaza on Friday expressed Venezuelaís full support for the stances and views of the Islamic Republic in its fight against the USí totalitarianism and hegemony.
ďVenezuela has already experienced the USí aggressive policies and therefore supports the Islamic Republic in its efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity against the US and the Westís sanctions,Ē he said in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and President Hassan Rouhani`s Special Envoy Morteza Sarmadi in Caracas.
The Venezuelan top diplomat then dismissed the US administrationís unilateralism and said like its other violations in the past, the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal reveals that Washington attaches no significance to international treaties and deals agreed on and signed by the US officials.
He then hailed Iranís role in fight against terrorism and underlined the countryís strategic status in creating stability in the Middle East.
Sarmadi, for his part, hailed the close relations between Iran and Venezuela and said the two sides routinely exchange views on various mutual, regional and international issues.
He noted that Iran and Venezuela condemn the USí unilateralism as well as its violation of international treaties and commitments including the Iran nuclear deal.
ďCaracas views the unilateralism as a sign of the USí hegemonic policies which threaten the international peace and security,Ē he added.
Sarmadi also called for closer coordination among the countries that are on the front line of fight against the USí policies.
These countries should convince other states to step into the fray and stand against Washington, he added.
During the talks, the two sides also explored ways to enhance and strengthen mutual ties in various political, economic, trade and cultural areas.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides held a joint press conference and responded to reportersí questions.
In recent weeks, President Rouhaniís special envoys have travelled to different countries and conveyed the presidentís message about the Iran nuclear deal to his opposite numbers and other heads of state. Sarmadi earlier held talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Deputy Foreign Ministry for Economic Affairs Gholam-Reza Ansari met the Brazilian foreign minister.