Iranian and Venezuelan companies are looking for ways to continue economic cooperation, even increase bilateral trade, against the backdrop of American sanctions that were slapped on the South American country at the end of August.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who last week called Venezuela a dictatorship, is scheduled to meet with opposition representatives, including the president and vice president of the opposition-governed congress, on Monday, his office says.
US Vice President Mike Pence has said the United States will not allow the “collapse of Venezuela,” adding Washington will use “economic and diplomatic power” to restore democracy in the South American nation.
Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Saturday rejected the self-proclaimed lawmaking authority of a new legislative body elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro, widening the political divide in the crisis-hit country.
Venezuela's new legislative superbody was criticized by South American governments and Washington after giving itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress while ex-top prosecutor Luisa Ortega fled the country.
Venezuela’s new pro-government Constituent Assembly formally moved Friday to assume the powers of the opposition-dominated congress, completing what critics call a power grab that effectively puts all branches of government under the control of President Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has held an “anti-imperialist” march in Caracas, seeking to capitalize on US leader Donald Trump’s threat of possible military intervention in the Latin American country.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned the recent “provocative and meddlesome” remarks by US President Donald Trump about domestic developments in Venezuela and his suggestion of using the “military option” to resolve the country’s political crisis.
Venezuela's government on Saturday prepared to deliver a stinging rebuke of US President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a "military option" regarding the crisis-stricken country.