TEHRAN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Venezuela on Wednesday vowed to boost their economic cooperation.
At a Wednesday meeting with Venezuelan Ambassador to Iran Amenhotep Zambrano, head of the Iran-Venezuela Parliamentary Friendship Group, Abdolreza Mesri, underscored the importance of enhancing economic ties between the two countries as a means to promote the global status of both states.
Mesri denounced the sanctions imposed by Western powers against Iran and Venezuela as "fruitless."
"Mutual economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries can meet the interests of the two nations and improve their international position," he was quoted as saying by local media.
He also expressed the full preparedness of Iran's Majlis ( parliament) and the members of the Iran-Venezuela Parliamentary Friendship Group to promote ties with the Venezuelan parliament.
Zambrano, for his part, expressed Caracas' willingness to cement ties with Tehran in economic, industrial and commercial fields and hailed the two countries' scientific achievements.
Since 2005, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to office, Iran has been seeking to enhance ties with Latin American countries, particularly with Venezuela, to relieve economic and political pressure from sanctions imposed by the West.