An Iranian flight carrying coronavirus aid reportedly landed in Venezuela today. It is the latest sign of cooperation between the two countries in the face of US opposition.
The Venezuelan government said a flight from Iran arrived today carrying humanitarian aid to help the South American country fight the coronavirus, Reuters reported.
The flight is the latest sign of strong ties between the two countries, both of which are sanctioned by the United States. Last week, the last of five Iranian fuel tankers arrived in VenezuelaÂ despite US pressure to stop the shipments. A State Department official told Al-Monitor late last month the United StatesÂ is communicating with energy companies in an effort to stop them from doing business with Venezuela.
The flight shows that the countriesâ€™ relations continue despite US pressure.
Iran and Venezuela have been brought together by shared sanctions from and animosity to the United States. Venezuelaâ€™s once-thriving oil industry has collapsed amid economic and political instability in the country, prompting it to seek Iranian fuel.
The United StatesÂ has criticized flights between the countries as well. In April, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to stop flights from Iranâ€™s Mahan Air from going to Venezuela. The United StatesÂ supports an opposition government in Venezuela.
Tensions with the United StatesÂ prompted Venezuelaâ€™s military to escort the Iranian tankers to shore.
Iranâ€™s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised theÂ tankers’ crewsÂ today, according to Iranian state media.