CARACAS, June 21 (Mehr News Agency) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez officially inaugurated three Iranian-made dairy factories in Venezuela on Monday.
Iranian Ambassador to Caracas Abdolreza Mesri, several Venezuelan ministers and officials attended the inauguration ceremony, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.
Chavez called Iran one of his country's most important friends and praised the advanced technology used in the plant.
The Venezuelan government has financed the projects while Iranian firms have constructed and equipped the units.
The factories were built in two years.
Iran has so far planned and constructed 13 dairy production factories in Venezuela to process a daily amount of 360 tons of milk throughout the country.
Iranian Ministry of Industries and Mines announced in January that 70 projects, mostly run by the private sector companies, were operating in Venezuela.
The IRIB reported that the projects were mainly in the fields of producing cars and tractors, cement and dairy.
Iran is also carrying out mining and excavation projects as well as cultural, technological, scientific, and academic activities in Venezuela.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez signed a memorandum of understanding sectors in Caracas in November 2009 including 270 agreements on cooperation in agriculture, industry, technology, energy, fishery, and housing.
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