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Iran and Cuba Ratify Ties

Tehran, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Iran and Cuba ratified the goodwill ties of both countries with the visit of Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque to this capital, where he met with the speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel.

Perez Roque and Haddad Adel, who is planning to visit Havana shortly, discussed international issues of common interests on Sunday, according to an official report.

Meanwhile, the Iranian news agency IRNA said that the Cuban minister praised his country´s relations with Iran and reiterated Cuba´s support of Tehran´s rights in the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Cuba supports the Iranian people and government and appreciates the solidarity of Iranian nation with Cuba," Perez Roque said.

For his part, Haddad Adel expressed thanks for Cuba’s support and friendship towards Iran and said that the Cuban minister’s visit would serve to develop parliamentary cooperation.

Likewise, the Iranian official said there is extensive potential for Tehran-Havana economic cooperation. ”Our cooperation should not be exclusive to politics. Grounds for economic and cultural cooperation should also be explored,” Haddad Adel said.

Haddad Adel described Perez Roque´s visit to Iran as “a positive step towards boosting bilateral cooperation.”

"The Iranian nation accords the highest esteem to Cuba as a free nation which stood against US tyranny," Haddad Adel said.

Regarding the Iranian energy program issue, the Parliament leader stressed that Washington and its European allies “thought Iran would retreat in the face of intimidation.”

“They should know that Iran has experienced the sweet taste of independence and a national resolve has taken shape to defend the right of Iranians to use nuclear energy for civilian purpose”, Haddad Adel insisted.

The Iranian Parliament leader recalled that Iran has been the target of Washington´s economic and political sanctions since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

“The US was under the impression that Iran would not stand a single day without depending upon it, but, the Iranian nation made progress and advance in all fields in the past 27 years without any help from the US," Haddad Adel concluded.