Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Venezuela and other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to launch collective efforts to defuse the plot hatched by certain world powers to decrease oil prices.
“Undoubtedly, cooperation among the aligned countries in the OPEC can both defuse the plots of certain powers against the organization and help stabilize an acceptable price for oil in 2015,” Rouhani said in a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro in Tehran on Saturday.
Elsewhere, he called for the further development of bilateral relations with Venezuela in trade, investment, exports of technical and engineering services, medical industries, ship-building and direct flights between the two countries.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran can have the necessary cooperation with Venezuela in areas of housing, road-construction, industry, and food and drug industries to meet the needs of the Latin American country,” Rouhani said.
He also asked for strengthening cooperation between Tehran and Caracas in international organizations, and said such cooperation can lead to the establishment of security and development.
“Both countries are opposed to terrorism and extremism in the world and help each other in the establishment of stability and security across the world,” Rouhani stressed.
In relevant remarks in November, Rouhani in a meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez in Tehran underlined the need for cooperation between Tehran and Caracas to help stabilize the crude prices in the global markets in a bid to prevent instability of international economy.
“The sudden fluctuations in oil prices (negatively) influence the stability of the global market and hence we should try to maintain balance in oil prices,” the Iranian president said during the meeting.
He further pointed to the status quo of Iran-Venezuela relations, and said, “Tehran and Caracas should always stand beside each other and they should help each other to prevent the enemies from harming their national interest.”
President Rouhani reiterated that Iran and Venezuela should boost their economic cooperation, and said, “We will be looking for broadening bilateral ties, specially in economic areas.”
The Venezuelan foreign minister, for his part, said that his country will be beside Iran in all international areas.