Islamic Republic of Iran ships food to socialist Venezuela, where first Iranian supermarket is set to open

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Iran is rapidly expanding its influence in Venezuela. It “delivered a large food shipment to its crisis-stricken ally Venezuela…to set up the country’s first Persian supermarket…..As well as food supplies, Tehran also sent a shipment of humanitarian aid, including vital medical supplies and coronavirus testing kits, to help Venezuela battle the ongoing pandemic.”

Last month, Iran sent petrol tankers to its gas-starved ally, while Iran’s President Rouhani threatened the U.S. if it interfered.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro celebrated his country’s alliance with Iran: “The end of Ramadan brings us the arrival of the FORTUNE ship, a sign of the solidarity of the Islamic people of Iran with Venezuela.”

Venezuela’s status as a country of interest to the U.S. is now heightened because of its alliance with Iran. In March, the U.S. indicted Venezuela’s Maduro on narco-terrorism charges. And in a “rare action,” America also offered “up to $15m reward for information leading to the arrest of Nicolas Maduro.” The U.S. and its Latin American partners have also been discussing the presence of Iranian proxy Hizballah in Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in January: “We’re concerned that Maduro has extended safe harbor to a number of terrorist groups.”

“Venezuela Prepares Opening of ‘First Iranian Supermarket,’” by Ben Kew, Breitbart, June 22, 2020:

Iran delivered a large food shipment to its crisis-stricken ally Venezuela on Sunday to set up the country’s first Persian supermarket, the Iranian Embassy in Venezuela claimed this weekend.

The Iranian cargo ship, known as the Golsan, departed Bandar Abbas on May 15th and arrived at its destination on Saturday.

“The Golsan will arrive carrying food to open the first Iranian supermarket in Venezuela,” the Caracas-based embassy tweeted on Saturday. “Another success in friendly and fraternal relations between two countries #IranandVenezuela”…

…As well as food supplies, Tehran also sent a shipment of humanitarian aid, including vital medical supplies and coronavirus testing kits, to help Venezuela battle the ongoing pandemic. Iran did not specify if the test kits sent to Venezuela are legitimate testing kits or the bizarre “magnetic” devices that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, has peddled as coronavirus detectors….

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