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Iran: Supreme Leader recieves Venezuelan president

Tehran, July 1, IRNA - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday evening met and conferred with the visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The Supreme Leader said in the meeting that independent states should increase their own strength through unity and cooperation and whole-heartedly defend their common identity and the interests of their nations.

Referring to the US failures to harm Iran and Venezuela, Ayatollah Khamenei added that since both countries enjoy popular and independent governments, they are naturally willing to cooperate with each other and this trend should be further strengthed.

The Supreme Leader said the US is bent on hurting independent countries, counting mainly on its apparent clout and dominance, but its political structure is in fact suffering from serious malfunction.

Ayatollah Khamenei also called for diligent follow-up of Iran-Venezuela agreements and said making use of available capacities would accelerate the cooperation process.

The Venezuelan president in the meeting, in which also was present Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, expressed his great pleasure of once again visiting Iran and said the Islamic Republic of Iran serves as a good example for other countries. He added that numerous mutual contracts in the fields of oil, gas, petrochemicals and other branches of industry signify the importance that both countries attach to expanding cooperation.

Hugo Chavez said during the recent political developments in Latin America, the region has seen independent and anti-US governments taking over and this trend shows that the US imperialism is weakening and thus independent states are optimistic and hopeful about their future.

Huge aromatic petrochemical complex to be opened in southern Iran

Tehran, July 1, IRNA - The largest aromatic petrochemical complex of the world is to be inaugurated Monday morning in southern Iranian Port of Asalooyeh in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez.

The petrochemical plant "Borzooyeh" is designed to produce parazayline, artozayline, benzene, rafinit, heavy aromatics, liquefied gas, heavy and light hydrocarbons and penthane cut.

According to a statement issued by president's office on Sunday evening, they are scheduled to visit the South Pars energy region in Asalooyeh and also attend the ground breaking ceremony of a refinery construction project for 15th and 16th development phases of South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf.

The signing of cooperation documents by both presidents and formal departure ceremony for the visiting Venezuelan president are to take place in southern Port City of Bushehr on the same day.

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