Iran Seeks South American Influence with Cuba, Venezuela Tour - Analysis
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is heading to South America for what the country is billing as an important tour of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Iran’s President is heading to Latin America after speaking with France’s president.
Iranian media profiled the trip noting that Iran’s president believes that the countries of South America want to pursue an “independent” policy. Meaning that they want to be independent of the US.
Iran would like to cultivate ties with more countries, such as Brazil and Columbia, and perhaps Argentina as well. Iran is highlighting its ties with Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. These are countries whose leadership has been hostile to the US.
In addition, these countries work with Russia, China, and sometimes Turkey as well. Tehran sees them as prime candidates for drone sales, trade in energy, and also as part of its overall agenda to threaten the West.
Iran wants to get around sanctions and has in the past sought to exploit South America by using proxies like Hezbollah and others to engage in drug trade and other illicit activities.
Furthermore, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani visited the UAE and met with key European counterparts, he noted in a tweet, “Following diplomatic consultations with regional and extra-regional parties, we met with our German, French and English counterparts in Abu Dhabi and discussed a range of issues and mutual concerns.” (JPost / VFI News)
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” - Proverbs 12:26