Venezuela Declares Unconditional Support for Sovereignty and Self-determination of Iran

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías said on Wednesday that Venezuela, as a country fighting for and defending the independence of all nations, again reiterates its support for the respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

At a press conference held in Tehran, the capital of Iran, President Chávez, accompanied by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, emphasized that, in the face of persistent threats from the countries that “think they are powerful” and that try to attack the sovereignty of Iran, the people of Venezuela reiterates its total support to Iran.

“We take this occasion to say, at a moment of new threats and aggressions against Iran, which we know will not stop the Islamic revolution: Once again we make clear our position of unconditional support for the sovereignty of Iran, the self-determination of the Iranian people, and the rights of the Iranian people,” said the Venezuelan leader.

The Venezuelan head of state urged the countries threatening Iran for its peaceful use of nuclear energy to respect the independence of all nations and above all the Iranian sovereignty.

“We ask the countries that think they have more power and that want to impose their will on the world: Respect Iran, respect all nations in the world.  We will continue to resist, and above all we shall continue to overcome.  God bless Iran,” President Chávez declared in Tehran.

Likewise, Chávez expressed his fraternal bond with the Iranian people and maintained that, beyond completing important economic, technological, and industrial agreements, “here we continue nourishing our spirit and our faith.”

“Every time we come to Tehran, we recharge our batteries, our cannons, our democracy, our Revolution, to continue building the homeland of humanity.”

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TeleSur and Venezolana de Televisión:

Hugo Chávez: “Our relation with Iran is very solid, going back more than a decade, a relation founded on common interests: the struggle for national sovereignty, the anti-imperialist struggle, the revolutionary struggle.  Each revolution has its own roots, its own codes.”

The Venezuelan president reiterated his support for the government of Iran for its anti-imperialist struggle.

Hugo Chávez: “We are going to discuss the political situation: tensions that imperialism continues to generate in this region; the illegitimate sanctions enforced against the Iranian people; and our solidarity with the Islamic Revolution.”

. . . Caracas and Tehran expect to concretize a project to create a maritime company to export oil as well as Venezuela’s participation in the development of the South Pars gas filed in Iran, considered to be the richest gas field in the world.  The Iranian-Venezuelan joint maritime company will make possible an export of more than half a million barrels of crude oil to Europe and Asia. . . .

The AVN article “Venezuela ratificó irrestricto apoyo a la soberanía y autodeterminación de Irán” was published on 20 October 2010.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at]  The TeleSur and VTV videos above were released on 19 October 2010.

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