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August 17, 2016 12:23 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister to Visit Latin America to ‘Foil Israel’s Iranophobia Plots’ in Region

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will tour six Latin American countries next week to “foil the Iranophobia plots promoted by Israel,” the Islamic Republic’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Wednesday.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi told reporters in Tehran that Zarif will be accompanied on his visit to Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela by a 60-member economic delegation.

“There are many fields for economic cooperation between Iran and these six countries, but the capacities have yet to be fully utilized,” Iranian news agency Mehr quoted Takht-Ravanchi as saying. The Iranian diplomat claimed that Zarif’s trip would help bring economic cooperation with Latin America to “a whole new level.”

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Earlier this year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared in a speech, “The expansion and deepening of relations with the Latin American countries is among the Islamic Republic of Iran’s principled policies.”

According to Fars, Takht-Ravanchi accused Israel of seeking to undermine relations between Iran and Latin America. “The Zionist regime has for years made attempts to this end and continues its attempts,” he said.

“Certain regional states have also joined the Zionist regime and display a wrong image of Iran in line with Iranophobia plots,” he added, in an apparent reference to Israel’s strengthening ties with a growing number of Latin American countries.

In an interview with The Algemeiner in June, Leopoldo Martinez, the Latin America director at the Israel Allies Foundation — which aims to mobilize political support for the Jewish state by building pro-Israel caucuses inside legislative bodies around the world — said the recent election of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as president of Peru should open up new opportunities for Israel to gain greater support in the region.

“With President Horacio Cartes in Paraguay and President Mauricio Macri in Argentina, and now with Kuczynski in Peru, Israel can build a strong pro-Israel bloc in Latin America to start pushing pro-Israel legislation,” Martinez said. “These three key leaders can now stand up in a united front and defend Israel.”

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  • stevenl

    Zarif promises to give S Americans part of the $150 billions.
    The MAIN field of cooperation with Iran is TERRORISM!

  • I totally agree with all the comments above, Zanif ‘s trip to South America is to undermine Israel ‘s recent diplomatic success and sources in the region. He will also at the same time, dish out lage sums of money to the local left wing and Islamic organisations, they function to bribe, blackmail undermine and eliminate any one who is not against Israel.

  • Dani

    Don´t forget Colombia which is also a strong ally of Israel.

  • Enufskyizenufsky

    Surely Latin America could benefit from all that fabulous new Iranian scientific and medical technology.
    Oh, wait, they haven’t any, I meant Israeli.

  • nat cheiman

    Iranophobia!!!!?????? Thats a new one. These lunatics have their own lexicon

  • Docvisuals

    Only problem with Khamenei’s lapdog Zarif inventing the term “Iranophobia” is a phobia is an irrational fear, whereas fear of the world’s number one terrorism-sponsoring state looking to obtain nuclear weapons is perfectly rational.

    The Iranian totalitarian Mullocracy also invented the misnomer “Islamophobia”, where they first made that same conscious mistake. As Andrew Cummins said, the term Islamophobia was made up by fascists for the use of cowards to fool morons.

  • Iranophobia?? That’s a new one. Iran is the the world’s leader in state sponsored terrorism. Iran terrorism and their spreading of Islam is a dread disease and not a phobia about their well demonstrated hatred for anything non Islam. Mark my words that as soon as Iran has a foothold in South America they will start to terrorize it. Suicide bombers will start the ball rolling.

  • Brazilianjew

    Cuba is a dictatorship, like Iran.
    Venezuela is a bad taste joke.
    Nicaragua + Bolivia + Ecuador = 0.
    Only Chile matters, until the next election when its leftist (and thief) President is sent back home.
    Welcome to nowhere, Mr. Zarif, may Allah have mercy of you should you fall ill in Caracas…

  • shloime

    zarif has $150 billion of “economic cooperation” with which to “expand and deepen relations”, courtesy of president obama’s lifting of sanctions against iran. i’m sure he’ll spend it wisely, to build an anti-zionist concensus, amongst leaders of countries who are well known as appreciating the value of money.

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