Tehran-Caracas joint statement stresses expansion of ties

14 March 2005 | 11:49 Code : 4807 Geoscience events
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A joint statement which was issued here on Saturday afternoon by the Iranian and Venezuelan presidents underlined the need for further expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two states.
   A joint statement which was issued here on Saturday afternoon by the Iranian and Venezuelan presidents underlined the need for further expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two states.
  
   The statement was inked prior to the departure of Iran's President Mohammad Khatami from the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas. 
  Khatami was in Venezuela on a three-day official visit on the last leg of a three-nation tour which had already taken him to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  
   Khatami was officially seen off by his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez yesterday afternoon.
  
   Addressing a ceremony to inaugurate a tractor manufacturing plant in Ciudad Bolivar, Monday afternoon, Khatami criticized the US double standard policies regarding different issues. Such a policy adopted by Washington is the root cause of violence, terror and insecurity, the Iranian president added.
  
   He further stressed that both Iran and Venezuela should become stronger in order to defend themselves against the US hegemonistic policies.
  
   Practicing democracy and being equipped with science and technology are preconditions for both countries to become more powerful, he noted. 
   Khatami further briefed his counterpart on the achievements of the Islamic Revolution in different fields in the past two decades. 
    After the ceremony which was attended by President Hugo Chavez and a large group of Venezuelan officials on Saturday, President Khatami inspected different sections of the plant. 
    Iran and Venezuela have invested dlrs 34 million in setting up the plant. Iran holds a 51 percent stake in the plant.
  
   Iranian and Venezuelan officials signed the contract for establishing the plant in Tehran in December 2003 concurrent with an official visit to the Iranian capital city by Chavez. 
    The plant has the capacity to produce 5,000 tractors a year and is expected to earn the country dlrs 80 million to dlrs 100 million through its exported products.
  
   The Iranian party has undertaken management of the plant, which has created jobs for 2,000 people directly and indirectly.  President Khatami arrived in the Venezuelan city of Ciudad Bolivar on Saturday to a warm welcome by a group of local officials. 
    Hundreds of people, waving Iranian and Venezuelan flags, on the way from the airport to the tractor manufacturing plant, welcomed the Iranian president. 
   Khatami left Venezuela for Tehran after inaugurating the tractor manufacturing plant. 
  
IRNA

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