Venezuela names new ambassador to Iran

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Caracas, Aug 28 (IANS) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named Chief General Jesus Gonzalez as the country’s new ambassador to Iran while announcing the beginning of a new dynamic era in Caracas-Tehran bilateral relations.

Maduro made these announcements at a Caracas meeting on Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Efe news reported.

“We are advancing in our bilateral cooperation as well as in matters of mutual interest for economic development … we are going to create a new dynamism in Venezuela-Iran relations,” said the Venezuelan leader, who later announced the creation of a special commission to follow up on their bilateral deals.

Central bank authorities of the two countries also signed an agreement on financial matters and issued a joint declaration to “strengthen links,” the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a tweet, without revealing details.

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Caracas foreign affairs chief Delcy Rodriguez said the meeting was attended by a ministerial delegation and added that the two countries are working to “continue strengthening” strategic alliances.

In June 2015, Venezuela and Iran inked six deals on scientific, technological, economic and health cooperation.



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