Iranian foreign minister arrives in Nicaragua to strengthen bilateral relations

The Cradle, February 2, 2023 — Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said Iran pursues boosting relations with Latin American countries.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, arrived in Nicaragua on 2 February to strengthen bilateral relations as part of his Latin America tour, Diario Barricada news reported.

The top Iranian diplomat held a high-level joint meeting with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Denis Moncada, in Managua. Moncada stressed that both nations would continue strengthening the bonds of friendship, brotherhood, cooperation, solidarity, and mutual respect.

Moncada stated, “Nicaragua can significantly benefit from Iran’s technological, industrial, and commercial development. Our country plays a crucial role in the Central American region as a hub for product exports, serving as a regional showroom for Iranian goods and an essential role in geopolitics.”

Meanwhile, Abdollahian thanked Nicaragua for its important and constructive role in deepening friendly relations.

“Iran is serious in looking at Latin America within the framework of its foreign policy doctrine. We are witnessing the expansion of relations between Iran and Nicaragua,” he said.

He continued that the two nations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation and a mechanism for political dialogue.

“Our ambassadors are actively following up relations, and I am happy that the positions of both countries regarding international issues are on the right track,” he added.

According to the Iranian foreign minister, Tehran seeks political independence in support of a multilateral international order. He referred to US-led sanctions on independent nations as a “terrorist threat” that imperial powers employ as leverage.

During the last couple of months, Iran has been fortifying its connections with Latin American nations, notably Venezuela.

On 15 November 2022, the MEHR news agency reported that government officials of Venezuela and Iran signed six cooperation documents during the high-level joint commission in Tehran.

The Minister for Productive Agriculture and Land of Venezuela, Wilmar Castro, said that “during the closing ceremony of the Iran-Venezuela high-level delegation, representatives of the two allied nations signed six agreements in various strategic areas.

Iran’s Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, expressed satisfaction with holding the event and thanked the Iranian and Venezuelan officials for their efforts.

Back in July 2022, Iran increased its delivery of a key crude oil grade that Venezuela is using to boost the productivity of its refineries, allowing the Latin American nation to free its lightest grades for blending and exporting.

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