Venezuelan President Says He Will Visit Iran To Sign Energy Agreements

Marco Green
June 2, 2020

Iran will continue fuel shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more supplies, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday, despite Washington's criticism of the trade between the two nations, which are both under USA sanctions.

The model will put an end to over two decades of Venezuelans filling up their tanks for next to nothing.

The deliveries took place in the face of USA warnings of fresh sanctions on both Tehran and Caracas, which was preceded by White House officials stating that there were no operations planned to stop Iranian tankers which were en route to Venezuela.

Describing the delivery of fuel to Venezuela as a "legitimate and simple worldwide trade", the spokesperson said, "The Americans could not tolerate this because they are used to bullying and violating the law". It has warned governments, seaports, shippers and insurers that they could face measures if they aid the Iranian tankers.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he would visit Iran shortly to sign cooperation agreements in energy and other sectors, after Iran sent five fuel tankers to the gasoline-starved South American country.

The US had threatened to take action against the Venezuela-bound tankers and had even dispatched a naval flotilla to the Caribbean Sea.

The tanker flotilla reportedly carried about 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela.

Tensions have been on the rise between longtime foes Tehran and Washington since 2018, when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions that have battered the Iranian economy.

The fuel from Iran comes at a time when the gasoline shortage in Venezuela, chronic for years in some parts of the country, worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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