Iranian foreign minister meets speaker of Venezuela's parliament
( IRNA ) - Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki held talks here on Thursday with Speaker of Venezuela's parliament Cilia Floras.
The Iranian official said in the meeting that Iran and Venezuela enjoy good relations in accordance with the political will of the countries' leaders, and underlined the need to further strengthen bilateral ties.
Mottaki referred to the important position of Venezuela in Latin America and that of Iran in the Middle East, noting that they should upgrade political consultations and boost economic cooperation.
Flores said in the meeting that Venezuela's parliament supports the national political efforts of Iranian nation. She also underlined that the parliament supports President Chavez in his keen efforts to expand relations with Iran.
The Venezuelan official said Iran should enjoy its rights of peaceful use of atomic energy, adding that the US has not any right to determine which countries can use nuclear energy. She said that the nation of Venezuela backs all nations who struggle for their independence.
Mottaki is also scheduled to meet Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.