Iran's First Vice-President
Mohammad Reza Rahimi arrived in Havana on Tuesday to meet with senior Cuban officials over the expansion of mutual cooperation in various fields, specially in economy, Fars News Agency reported.
Rahimi, who is heading a politico-economic delegation during the visit to Havana, is due to participate in the 15th session of the
Iran-Cuba Joint Economic Commission and meet top Cuban officials.
Upon arrival, Rahimi hailed Cuba as a "pioneer in the fight against the world arrogance", and declared that Iran "always stands by such states in line with the ideals of the Islamic Revolution".
"Iran's relations with Latin American countries have broadened in recent years," he said.
"The region was once the American backyard, but now it is against the arrogant powers and imperialism," the Iranian vice-president added.
Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, specially in economic, trade and industrial fields.
Since taking office in 2005, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expanded Iran's cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba.
The strong and rapidly growing ties between Iran and Venezuela have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin America have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers.