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EghtesadOnline: United States' consensus-building power has shrunk more than ever, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted on Wednesday in a meeting with foreign minister and the minister of petroleum of Venezuela in Tehran.

Developing ties with Latin American countries is very important for Iran said President Rouhani.

At the meeting with foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez and petroleum minister Nelson Pablo Martínez, President Rouhani said: "Tehran is willing to deepen ties with Latin American countries, especially Venezuela in political, economic and cultural fields".

According to IRNA, he emphasized that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) should have a role and continued: "all members of the NAM should join hands for the organization to play a more active role in regional and international issues".

Referring to Iran and Venezuela's common views on most international issues, he added: "independence and resistance against countries that are following unilateral approaches in the world is one of the key principles of Iran and Venezuela's foreign policy as two independent countries".

"The current conditions of the world require independent countries, especially the non-aligned ones, to rely on their own nation and act more united against unilateralism, extremism, and violence," he stated.

Also referring to the successful steps taken by oil-producing countries in Algeria meeting, Rouhani added: "all oil-producing countries, be member or non-members of the OPEC, must attempt to raise oil prices to a stable and fair point for the producers and consumers".

In this meeting by conveying the Venezuelan President's written message to Rouhani, Delcy Rodriguez said that Caracas was determined to deepen its ties with Tehran in all fields.

She also referred to Algeria meeting and said: "all oil-producing countries should implement the Algeria agreement for a more balanced market and stabilized oil prices".

Hassan Rouhani Iran-Venezuela ties Iran-US relationship