Iranian ship with food enters Venezuelan waters

Iranian ship with food enters Venezuelan waters

Tehran, June 22 (Prensa Latina) The Golsan ship, from Iran, entered Venezuelan jurisdictional waters with a cargo destined to open the first supermarket of the Islamic Republic in the South American nation today.

A report by the Iranian ambassador in Caracas, Hojjatollah Soltani, quoted here by the local press, confirms the entry of the ship that is approaching the port of La Guaira, in Venezuela.

According to maritime tracking entities, the Golsan left on May 15 from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.

Loaded with consumer goods, the vessel will supply the nation’s first commercial center for Persians in the Bolivarian nation as part of sealed agreements between Tehran and Caracas.

Previously, five Iranian tankers carried 1.5 million barrels of fuel to Venezuelan ports amid a collapse of refinery operations and tougher U.S. punitive measures against the South American country.

In this way, a road was opened that, according to the Iranian media, will supply gasoline to Venezuela two or three times a month.

This dispatch and start-up of a shopping center constitutes another success of the friendly and fraternal relations between Tehran and Caracas, to which the United States wants to submit with the application of maximum pressure.

The South American nation, with the largest oil reserves in the world, suffers from blockade and harassment by Washington as a result of which refining crude is difficult and there is a notorious shortage of gasoline.

Although the tension rose to a peak in the Caribbean Sea due to the deployment of North American warships, the episode of the Iranian ships to Venezuela had a happy ending.

However, an Iranian response to the Arabian-Persian Gulf has always been in the air if the US navy deployed in the Caribbean Sea had attacked ships from the country of the Persians.

Washington preferred to avoid an armed confrontation and announced punishment for ports, shipping companies or insurers that facilitate commercial operations between Tehran and Caracas.

The Islamic Republic insists that it has every right to trade with any country as long as World Trade Organization regulations are observed.

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