The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and that of Iran, Hasan Rohaní, evaluated during a telephone conversation “to make a common front to fight against the sanctions” that the United States has imposed on them, the South American ruler assured Monday.
“We evaluated making a common front to fight against the imperial sanctions that affect our nations. I also thanked Iran for its support to reach the oil agreement that will stabilize world markets. The friendship between our peoples is consolidated,” Maduro explained through from your Twitter account.
COOPERATION AGAINST COVID-19
The Venezuelan Government added in a subsequent statement, released by the Foreign Ministry, that both countries ratified their “willingness to cooperate to jointly face the approach to COVID-19 and guarantee effective communication between scientific experts from both countries to exchange experiences on good practices , clinical protocols and preventive measures “.
“The union of Venezuela and Iran is consolidated in the face of every attack by imperialism and together they will overcome any difficulties and achieve the integral development of their sovereign and independent peoples,” added the government’s information about the telephone conversation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and numerous countries have sent medical aid shipments with face masks, protective suits and diagnostic equipment to the Islamic Republic of COVID-19
In the case of Venezuela, with 181 infected and 9 killed by COVID-19, the Executive has criticized the sanctions under the same argument from Iran: they prevent the purchase of medicines and supplies.
SUPPORT FOR THE OPEC DECISION
During the conversation, always according to the Venezuelan government statement, the two nations claimed the “importance of strengthening the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)” and highlighted the entity’s recent agreement as a “first step” to stabilize the world economy, referring to the decision to cut the production of daily barrels.
This past Sunday, the OPEC + alliance, which brings together some 30 countries with Saudi Arabia at the top and Russia as leader of the external allies, agreed to cut 9.7 million barrels per day (mbd) during May and June to try to stabilize prices in the face of the collapse in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This pact represents the first coordinated response by producers to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused an unprecedented collapse in world oil demand and has brought prices to minimums of almost 20 years ago, with losses of up to 70 % compared to this year’s highs.
In this regard, Maduro and Rohaní “welcomed the recent OPEC + mechanism as a collective first step towards stabilizing the world economy,” according to the Venezuelan government statement.
In the case of Venezuela, the price of oil slowed its fall last week and reached 16.91 dollars a barrel, but throughout the month of March it remained in decline.