DUBAI, May 3 (Reuters) – Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji said on Twitter on Tuesday that he met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during his visit to the Latin American ally and that the two oil producers aimed to develop their cooperation.
“Today I had meetings with the President of Venezuela, Mr. Maduro and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials,” Owji said on Twitter.
“Iran-Venezuela relations have a long history and we want to use all capacities to develop joint relations and cooperation,” Owji said.
Venezuela and Iran are both under U.S. sanctions and have tightened their relationship regarding oil in recent months. Owji’s visit to Venezuela had not been announced in advance.
Owji met with his Venezuelan counterpart Tareck El Aissami on Monday, according to a video published by El Aissami on his Instagram account.
Iranian Oil Minister #JavadOwji met with his Venezuelan counterpart #TareckElAissami in Caracas on May 2nd.
At the end of the video clip Owji says: “Down with the USA” ElAissami quickly says: “Dont say that!” https://t.co/H61oDeGH1d
WATCH Video by clicking on image below: pic.twitter.com/yL0qqAHfx9
— Kayhan Life (@KayhanLife) May 3, 2022
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; editing by Jason Neely)