President Mohammad Khatami in a meeting with his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, said Iran always supports the Venezuelan government and nation and called for expansion of bilateral relations in all fields.
He pointed to Tehran-Caracas cooperation within the United Nations, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), G-77, G-15 and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and added the two sides will make further efforts to boost such cooperation.
He praised the aims of the Venezuelan government and nation to reach an appropriate position in today's world, saying the Venezuelan government has chosen democratic ways to attain such goals.
Khatami urged the two countries to reduce dependence on oil revenues and stated, "Oil is a national wealth which should be preserved for future generations. We should meet our current needs through tax revenues and boosting activities of the private sector."
He highlighted the need for removal of bureaucratic obstacles to attract investment and attain industrial development and noted that Iran has managed to attract both foreign investment and technical know-how in recent years.
Iran achieved great success in part manufacturing, access to auto manufacturing technology and establishment of independent giant companies in oil and gas sectors, said the president, adding the country enjoys the capability to put its experience at the disposal of Venezuela in legislation, attraction of foreign investment and establishment of free trade and industrial zones.
Chavez, for his part, said the Iranian nation and government has always supported the Venezuelan government and nation at hard times and welcomed expansion of friendly ties with Iran.
On promotion of agricultural sector in his country he welcomed the active presence of Tabriz tractor manufacturing company in Venezuela and said there are suitable grounds for expansion of agro-products and industry in his country.
Highlighting the recent amendments made by the Venezuelan parliament to economic rules and regulations, he said "We welcome Iran's assistance that enjoys ample natural resources and skilled work forces."
He called for utilization of Iran's experiences in various fields such as banking, free trade zones as well as media.
A number of high ranking political and economic figures from two sides were present in the meeting.
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