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Iran, Venezuela call for expansion of mutual relations

Tehran, Nov 29, IRNA -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday conferred with Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on expansion of mutual ties as well as regional developments.

According to the Public Relations Department of the Expediency Council, at the meeting Rafsanjani referred to the recent success of the Venezuelan people vis-a-vis the U.S. interventionist policy and said any successful and durable political and social move requires public support.

In case governments pursue the public interests, the arrogant powers will not be able to threat them, he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to put its experiences at the disposal of the Venezuelan people, he said.

Venezuela should pay due attention to social, economic and political issues to resolve its domestic problems, he said adding that meeting social needs, proper distribution of facilities, wealth and construction could bring hope for any nation.

In expanding its ties with the Latin American countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran gives priority to ties with Venezuela, he said adding that national spirit and public opinion are effective in promoting ties between the two sides officials, he said.

The Venezuelan president, for his part, highlighted his country's political, social and economic situation and said when the hegemonic powers threaten the world there is no alternative but to become powerful.

The U.S. exert pressures on Iran while it is quite confident that the country does not seek to gain access to nuclear weapons, he said.

Under such pretext, the U.S seeks to prevent Iran's developments, the same policy that it pursues in Venezuela, he pointed out.

Lauding Iran's stands as well as the country's support for the Venezuelan people, he said the Islamic Republic of Iran helped the Venezuelan people and government at hard times.

Lauding the ongoing development plans as well as reconstruction of the country, the Venezuelan president called for use of valuable experiences of Iran in social, economic, defense, commercial and technical fields.

At the end of the meeting, the Venezuelan president extended an invitation to Hashemi Rafsanjani to pay an official visit to the country which was welcomed by him.

... Payvand News - 11/29/04 ... --

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