Iranian Official Cites Increasingly Close Tehran-Havana Ties 1

US efforts to harm Iran-LatAm ties futile: Iranian official

A senior Iranian official says the increasing relations between the Islamic Republic and Cuba rendered futile the West’s efforts to undermine Iran’s relations with Latin American countries.

Hossein Sheikholeslam_Irans Parliament Director General for International Affairs

Hossein Sheikholeslam, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) director general for international affairs, made the remarks during a meeting with Cuban Ambassador to Iran William Carbo Ricardo in Tehran on Tuesday. Sheikholeslam said Iran has long stood by Cuba and the two countries have supported each other politically and economically despite the efforts by the United States and the West to harm Tehran-Havana relations. He went on to say that the expansion of Iran-Cuba ties has dealt a heavy blow to US propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic’s relations with Latin America. Referring to the close relations between the two countries, Ricardo emphasized that Cuba is eager to strengthen political, economic, cultural and parliamentary cooperation with Iran.

On December 28, 2012, US President Barack Obama enacted “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act” which calls for the US State Department to work out a strategy within six months to “address Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity” in Latin America. Since 2005, Iran has opened six new embassies in Latin America. It now has 11 embassies and 17 cultural centers in the region.

Source: PressTV, MP/MHB

One comment

  1. Ironically,some members of the US congress want to lift the Cuban embargo and Castro as usual, made friends with enemies of the United States.Iran has been looking for years to increase their influence in the American Continent.Iran is trying to fill the void after the Soviet collapse.Now with the troops out of Iraq we should center more in South and Central America to prevent a Venezuelan – Iranian take cover of Central and South America.Since Chavez took over Venezuela with the help of the Castroids, Bolivia and Ecuador has become”Socialist”, I rather say COMMUNIST. Nicaragua has turned red again,Argentina following in the same train. Iran is going to try to get acceptance from countries that are enemies of the US.Castro will benefit relating to Iran to boost the economy of the Cripple Island and with the Petroleum coming from Venezuela,that will be enough for the tyranny to remain afloat.Iran uses Cuba as a source of Intelligence due to the real fact that the island is a Center of Espionage,Castro will not hesitate to send their Intelligence agents to spy to sell their proceeds to the Iranians.

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