Iran Joins Forces with Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to Blow Back US Sanctions

Alejandra Garcia and Bill Hackwell, Resumen, June 19, 2023 —

The President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, concluded this Friday in Havana, a trip to Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba that aimed to denounce the U.S. sanctions suffered by the four countries and the imperialist policy and to create new economic and commercial agreements to promote the development of their peoples. The tour succeeded in uniting forces between these countries, which are under heavy unilateral sanctions at a time of economic hardship.

Raisi was received with honors in Caracas by President Nicolas Maduro. This was the starting point of the leader’s first visit to Latin America since he was sworn in as president in August 2021. During his visit to Venezuela, Raisi dismissed the use of the dollar and urged the country to try and find formulas that would allow dispensing with the U.S. currency to carry out transactions and commercial exchange in the countries own currency. “This is one of the premises to achieve a new international order,” he claimed.

During his visit President Raisi signed dozens of agreements with the 3 sanctioned allies. For example he said Iran, which produces almost all the medicine it needs, will export drugs and medical equipment to Venezuela and Nicaragua while also aiming to boost university collaboration with all three countries.

Presidents Maduro and Raisi in the Teresa Carreño Theater

While the trip of the Iranian president focused on expanding economic and scientific cooperation it was also carried out in the spirit of solidarity. For example last Tuesday Raisi spoke to a meeting of Venezuelan youth in the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas. The Iranian president called for building a new world that empowers independent and sovereign nations with their own economic models that can work in cooperation and mutual respect. The old model of “Imperialism is in decline,” he said.

During his time in Nicaragua, Raisi criticized the U.S. and “other Western nations that set themselves up as defenders of human rights, democracy, and freedom, but don’t respect the will of the peoples, as is happening in Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and in some Latin American nations.”

Nicaragua President Ortega meeting President Raisi in Managua

In Cuba, Raisi and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel signed cooperation agreements to establish regular consultations between the two foreign ministries. Bilateral contracts were also signed to further cooperate in telecommunications and justice systems.

“It is an honor and an enormous satisfaction to receive you today in Cuba,” Diaz-Canel assured during the official talks he held Thursday with the Iranian leader. “You have visited three Latin American countries that have a significant relationship with the Iranian Revolution: Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba,” he stressed.

Those nations, together with Iran, “have had to heroically confront with tenacious resistance, the sanctions, pressures, threats, blockades, and interference of Yankee imperialism and its allies.” The First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party went on to say.

The Cuban president, also pledged to travel to Tehran soon, and urged both nations to “take advantage of our potentialities” to deepen economic relations. Meanwhile, Raisi said in a closed-door business forum that Iran would seek agreements in electricity generation, biotechnology, and mining.

This visit expresses a “unity among those of us who have been punished for building societies different from those the imperialist paradigm wants to impose. For that reason, we have been subjected to blockades, to inhumane, and unjustified sanctions,” Miguel Díaz-Canel commented.

Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are united and convinced they will not give up their convictions. “Among all of us, we are going to take advantage of the potentialities we have to complement each other and become stronger to face the empire,” the Cuban president warned.

Given Cuba’s current situation, “it is very stimulating to receive a visit from a friend, from a sister nation. It also strengthens faith, decision, desire, and commitment to continue moving forward. We are not alone,” he concluded.

Washington did not directly comment on Raisi’s trip but National Security Council spokesman John Kirby instead reiterated that the US is concerned about Iran’s “destabilizing behavior” and will continue to take steps to mitigate it.

Iran President Raisi in Cuba, photo: Ismael Francisco

Right wing Cuba hater Maria Elvira Salazar, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in the US House of Representatives, couldn’t contain herself, telling Fox News that Raisi’s trip demonstrates the failure of President Joe Biden’s Latin America policy. In the spirit and language of the Monroe Doctrine she claimed “Biden has allowed the world’s worst actors to penetrate our hemisphere with impunity”.

While Raisi’s trip did not sit well with Washington it proves that Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua have Iran as one of their most solid allies. It was a big boost to the relationship with the 3 sanctioned Latin American countries but the union is not new. It has been consolidating over the years when any of these Latin American countries have gone through political tensions or crisis. In those moments, they received Tehran’s unconditional backing. This significant trip shows every indication that this support and solidarity will not just continue but grow.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano – English


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