Venezuela rejects 'US attempts' to destabilize Iran

President Chavez's government said that Venezuela rejected the US' attempts to destabilise Iran.

Venezuela rejects 'US attempts' to destabilize Iran

President Hugo Chavez's government said on Wednesday that Venezuela rejected the United States' attempts to destabilise Iran.

"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the attempts at destabilization promoted by the U.S. government against the people and government of Iran," Venezuela's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The Bolivarian government is surprised that a group of governments, led by the U.S. empire, are echoing a campaign to divide and spread violence among Iranians, in contravention of elemental norms of peace, non-interference and respect for sovereignty," it added.

In Iran, tens of thousands of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supporters rallied in cities across the nation on Wednesday, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing opposition leaders of causing unrest.

U.S. and British flags were burned in Tehran.

Venezuela's statement expressed "solidarity" with Iran and praise for "its tireless struggle for the consolidation of the Islamic Revolution."

Relations between Venezuela and Iran, both OPEC member states, have raised eyebrows this year in Western capitals due to Chavez's support for Iran's nuclear program and Tehran's help to Venezuela in mapping its uranium deposits.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2009, 19:59
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