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.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.