Venezuela and Iran deepen ties on multiple fronts
As part of the 20-year cooperation roadmap recently signed by Iran and Venezuela, Iranian automaker Saipa will launch new models in Venezuela under an agreement the company signed with the Venezuelan regime. , the Iranian broadcaster Press TV announced in early October.
The deal, according to a statement from Saipa, will focus on the joint manufacture of four car models with Venezuelan automaker Venirauto. The Cars, Florida-based daily Diarios Las Americas reported, will sell for between $12,000 and $16,000, in a country where the minimum wage is $17.
During a visit to Tehran in June, Nicolás Maduro and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi signed a 20-year cooperation plan and welcomed the elevation of bilateral relations to the strategic level, agreeing to strengthen trade ties, as well as the energy, science and technology, agriculture, and tourism sectors, AlJazeera reported.
According to Jorge Serrano, security expert and adviser to the Intelligence Committee of the Peruvian Congress, Venezuela, which is in a more vulnerable situation than in previous years, “is receiving support from another ally of the axis of evil [China-Russia-Iran]and expanding cooperation on various fronts.
The industrial science and technology exhibition, held in Caracas in mid-September, attended by some 80 Iranian companies (from drones to dialysis machines, cars and antiviral vaccines), marked a new era in the Venezuela-Iran relationship. the righteous, PA reported, will serve as the first step in the creation of an industrial park in Venezuela with the help and advice of Iran.
Maduro and Raisi, who took office in August 2021, have met five times. Maduro has sought to strengthen his relations with Iran, China and Turkey to circumvent US sanctions, PA reported.
“we know how to get around them [sanctions]“said SM Moosavi, commercial director of Barsi, an Iranian drone manufacturer. AFP during the fair. “I can buy anything, anywhere and sell it wherever I want. There are limits, but also backdoors that I know of.
“In addition to the isolation in which they find themselves, [Iran and Venezuela] are two pariah countries that lean on each other, support each other,” Serrano said. “But more than anything else, what he [Iran] seeks to support Venezuela so that it continues to be a kind of aircraft carrier like Cuba has been for the past decades, but [use it in] the South American region.
New contacts between the two countries took place on September 15 when the Maduro regime received a new Iranian-made vessel to transport crude oil, which will be incorporated into the fleet of the state-owned company PDVSA, Reuters reported.
The Islamic republic will also repair Venezuela’s smallest 146,000 barrel per day refinery. Iran, PA reported, solved for years part of the fuel shortages in Venezuela, which was once one of the world’s largest producers of oil and its derivatives.
In addition, Venezuelan teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 will be eligible to receive science and technology training in Iran, the Spanish agency reported. ECE Press Agency. The first group of 16 boys traveled to Iran on October 1.
Militarily, Tehran is likely to continue helping Caracas produce and operate drones, especially given Iran’s ambitions to expand its technology exports to several countries around the world, the US think tank said. Middle East Institute in an August report.
Faced with this alliance, “what must be done immediately is to foster links between democratic governments […] in the region and democratic organizations, with allies abroad, to form a kind of international coalition to save democracies and strengthen security in our countries in the face of these threats,” Serrano concluded.