Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his Iranian counterpart
Mahmud Ahmadinejad Sunday initialed a number of bilateral
investment agreements at a time when they are making attempts
at highlighting their anti-US stance.
"Is the US empire succeeds in consolidating its dominance, then the humankind has no future. Therefore, we have to save the humankind and put an end to the US empire," Chávez told a crowd at the Tehran University, as quoted by Reuters.
Chávez slashed out at Israel, a traditional enemy of Iran, for Tel Aviv attacks on Lebanon. Chávez labeled the offensive as "fascist and terrorist."
Ahmadinejad decorated Chávez with the "Higher Medal of the Islamic Republic of Iran". "Mr. Chávez is my brother, he is a friend of the Iranian nation and the people seeking freedom around the world," said Ahmadinejad. "He works perpetually against the dominant system. He is a worker of God and servant of the people."
Meanwhile, Iranian Oil minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said the Iranian oil firm Petropars is to invest USD 4 billion in two Venezuelan energy projects -its largest investment out of Iran. Further, Venezuelan Energy and Petroleum minister Rafael Ramírez ratified in Tehran that Venezuela is considering cutting oil supply to the United States.
"Petropars is currently conducting oil prospection and drilling activities in an oil field in Venezuela, and it is soon to start prospection in another," Hamaneh explained.
"We have proposed Venezuela to participate in the construction of a joint Iran-Indonesia refinery in Indonesia," he added.
OIL The price of the Venezuelan oil basket lost USD 1.86 this week, ending at USD 68.97, the Venezuelan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining reported.
HYDROCARBONS Venezuela's state run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) would be willing to cut its crude oil output to stop the fall of oil prices if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) makes such a decision in its upcoming meeting scheduled for next week, said on Thursday Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.