Unilateral Sanctions Ineffective

Unilateral Sanctions  Ineffective Unilateral Sanctions  Ineffective

The deputy foreign minister said the policy to impose unilateral economic sanctions on countries has proved to be “ineffective”.

In a meeting with ambassadors of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) member states to Tehran on Tuesday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi referred to the latest developments in relations between the US and Cuba and praised the 50-year resistance of the Cuban nation and government, Fars news agency reported.

The deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs highlighted the significance of expansion of ties with Latin American countries, particularly with those that approve of the principles of Iran’s foreign policy.

Referring to the excellent political relations with ALBA member states, the foreign ministry official underlined the great potential for economic cooperation between the two sides.

He said Iran is prepared to enhance such cooperation through providing technical and engineering assistance to help find solutions to the challenges facing the countries.

Takht-Ravanchi reiterated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and ALBA member states share common stances on various issues and on the basis of their joint objectives and interests, they can endeavor to enhance cooperation within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement.”

Heading the diplomatic delegation, Nicaraguan Ambassador to Tehran Mario Antonio Barquero Baltodanoas referred to the achievements of the ALBA group since it came into existence some 10 years ago and expressed hope ALBA member states would succeed in upholding their principles and values and be able to take necessary steps toward further convergence among Latin American countries.

Venezuelan Ambassador to Tehran Amenhotep Zambrano, for his part, referred to the West’s political pressure and economic sanctions imposed against Iran and said, “Fortunately, the current conditions in Iran and the economic development in the country have proved that such policies are ineffective.”

Cuban Ambassador to Tehran Vladimir Gonzalez praised Iran’s support for the Cuban nation and government over the past years.  

Ecuadorian Ambassador to Tehran Umberto Vinuesa Rodriguez stressed the need for further expansion of cooperation between the two sides.  

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas includes Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela.