“Venezuela- Iran : Friendly exchange or international provocation ?
Translated by Nariné Igityan, proofread by Natacha Perrin
Sunday, May 24, an oil tanker from Iran arrives on the coast of Venezuela. Great help from the President of Iran, which makes White House unhappy. These two make a part of the sanctioned countries by Washington. Some people take it as a threat or a provocation, others as an altruistic sign, but, what is the real interest of this exchange?
El Fortune, the first of five tankers, much expected by the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, arrived on Sunday, the 24th of May, at approximately 7:40 p.m. local time. This fleet transports around 1.53 million fuel cans according to the two governments. This is good news for Venezuela, which is going through an aggravated major economic crisis since the start of quarantine on March 17th. This feeling hasn’t shared in the neighboring country. The United States administration is closely monitoring this exchange between the two sanctioned countries. No action has been taken in these days by them, but they have expanded their naval presence in the Caribbean. According to a spokesperson linked to the Pentagon, this is only an extension of the anti-drug operation. Iranian President Hassan Rohani is wary and warns that if the United States intervenes in one of these shipments, it will suffer consequences.
There is a huge public division over this exchange. The opposition of President Nicolás Maduro is wary of this affair. On Twitter, they have heard. Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly, shares his concern over the Iranian presence in the country with the President of Colombia, Iván Duque. ”
Hoy conversé con el Presidente @IvanDuque, quien siempre ha estado firme en enfrentar a la dictadura y sus consecuencias sobre la región.
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) May 24, 2020
Tweet- Juan Guaido : “Today I’ve spoken with President Ivan Duque who has always been firm in front of dictatorship and its consequences in the region. About our migrants in Colombia, we are grateful for the support given to Venezuelan citizens and we are going to further solutions.
“We express our concern over Iranian presence in Venezuela, knowing that the dictatorship already had collaborated with the National Liberation Army and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s dissidence and the threat it represents for the region. We receive your support for the creation of the Emergency National Government.
Venezuela-Iran exchange: Why so much concern?
The main fear is the involvement of the United States of America. They imposed sanctions on both countries. The Venezuelan crisis came in part because of this sanction. The North American government dictated it to eject President Nicolás Maduro as soon as possible. This measure affects in particular oil production by blocking nearly $ 7,000 million in assets of CISCO, part of the oil companies of Venezuela SA. This has increased the fuel price, and currently, Venezuelans have to wait hours for access a few litres of gasoline.
The opposition is against this aid. According to Bloomberg’s news (press agency), the recent flights of the Persian airline Mahan Air to Caracas, Venezuela, were intended to assist in the extraction of metals to pay for gasoline. Juan Guaidó said in a teleconference on Wednesday, the 20th of May, “”You are paying for this gasoline with gold and blood from southern Venezuela without the approval of Parliament.””
Strong words, with which half of the population express their agreement in the networks. Another concern is the increase in gas prices in the country. These tensions have felt internationally. However, President Nicolás Maduro publicly expresses his gratitude to Iran and describes the United States of America as a “”supremacist empire””.”
El final del Ramadán nos trae la llegada del buque FORTUNE, muestra de la solidaridad del pueblo islámico de Irán con Venezuela. En tiempos donde el imperio supremacista pretende imponer por la fuerza su dominio, solo la hermandad de los pueblos libres nos salvará. #GraciasIrán pic.twitter.com/VhOxF6wZpE
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 24, 2020
“TWEET : The end of Ramadan brings us the ship FORTUNE, showing the solidarity of the Islamic people of Iran towards Venezuela. While the supremacist empire pretends to impose by the force its domination, only brotherhood between the free peoples will free us. #ThanksIran
Despite the many oppositions, this exchange takes place. The rest of the fleet continues on its way. Pending a response from the North American government, Iran and Venezuela remain on their guard.”