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  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) is welcomed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran January 10, 2015.

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) is welcomed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran January 10, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 February 2019

Both Iran and Venezuela's economies have been hit hard by U.S. sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States Saturday of attempting to impose a "global hegemony" and denounced Washington for its maneuvers to overthrow Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, who is an ally of the Islamic Republic, according to Iranian state media.

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"The Americans are basically against all popular revolutions and independent countries and seek global hegemony by suppressing them," Rouhani said in a meeting with Venezuela's new envoy in Tehran, state news agency IRNA reported.

Iran has expressed support for Maduro, who faces demands from the U.S. and member states of the so-called Lima group and the European Union to step down after assuming his second term last month. Russia, China, and Turkey have also backed the socialist leader.

Rohani stressed that he will continue to deepen bilateral relations with Venezuela, a country he considers Iran's brother, in mutual support to neutralize U.S. plans. 

"The relations between the two countries have been very good and close in recent years, and continue under the mandate of President Nicolas Maduro, " said the Iranian leader.

For his part, the new Venezuelan ambassador in Tehran, capital of the Asian country, added that "in this new conspiracy, we face world imperialism and the Venezuelan people will win this fight."

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The appointment of Alcala as the main diplomat of Venezuela in Iran is for Rohani a demonstration of the Venezuelan commitment in his fraternity with the nation, said the president, who described the Bolivarian envoy as a very active and effective figure of the Venezuelan government.

Washington is at the head of most countries in America and Europe that reject the mandate of Maduro and recognized the opposition leader and Juan Guaido as president in charge of Venezuela.

"We support the legitimate Government of Maduro and we are convinced that the people of Venezuela will neutralize this conspiracy of the United States, as it did with the previous ones, by means of unity and solidarity with the Government," Iranian President Rohani expressed this Saturday his support to the Bolivarian Revolution. 

During an act to receive the new ambassador of Venezuela in Iran, Carlos Alcala, the Iranian president said that the actions that the U.S. has recently reinforced against the South American country, belong to an agenda of domination against the people.

Protesters in Istanbul, Turkey, show their support for Maduro's government in Venezuela. | Source: Reuters

"Americans are basically opposed to all popular revolutions and independent states, and they want to control the world by aborting their revolutions and eliminating independent states."

The United States and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of a parliamentary right-wing coup against the Venezuelan government of President Maduro after they supported a decision by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, to declare himself an “interim president” of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution.

The military has repeatedly stated its full support for Maduro's government and rejected such calls as interventionist and a breach of the sovereignty of Venezuela.

In return, Maduro has repeatedly called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup, or even military intervention by the United States in favor of removing him and placing an unelected right-wing government.

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