[Marxism] Tehran signs trade deals with Cuba and Venezuela

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 5 09:24:35 MDT 2007

Tehran signs trade deals with Cuba and Venezuela
Front page / World / Americas
03.08.2007 	Source: Pravda.Ru 	

Israel is concerned about Iranian expansion in Latin America.

Iranian officials confirmed on Wednesday the signature of two
protocols to boost trade with Cuba and Venezuela, after recent visits
of Commerce Minister Masood Mir-Kazemi to the two Caribbean nations.
Deputy Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari told reporters that based
on one of the contracts, Iran and Cuba would charge 15 to 30 percent
preferential tariff on their capital, intermediary and consumption

The Iranian official also commented that as per the protocol signed
with Venezuela, the partners would charge a preferential tariff of 25
percent on average on 100 exported items. Mr Ghazanfari said
Venezuela wants Iran to host the ALBA exhibition wherein to showcase
products of Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti and Cuba.

The announcement comes as a result of a new approach between the
Islamic nation and some countries in Latin America, with which Iran
intends to develop political and commercial ties. Earlier this year,
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended to the inauguration ceremonies
of presidents Rafael Correa –Ecuador- and Daniel Ortega –Nicaragua-
after paying a ostentatious visit to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

The Iranian approach to Latin America concerns Washington and Tel
Aviv. Two weeks ago, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an
article remarking “concern” of the Israeli government about the
foreign policy of some Latin American nations.

According to Haaretz, Tel Aviv experiences some hostility coming from
some Latin American nations. Israeli officials mentioned the six
visits of Chavez to Tehran and bilateral projects aimed at boosting
cooperation in sensitive issues as nuclear development.

The report also mentions that the Israeli Foreign Ministry is
concerned about Iranian and Venezuelan money funding armies around
the region. In fact, Venezuela cooperates with the armies of Bolivia,
Ecuador and Nicaragua, but there is no evidence about Iranian
meddling in bilateral agreements between those nations.

Israel also believes there is an overrepresentation of the Iranian
diplomacy in the region. According to Haaretz sources, Tehran has
more personnel in its embassies in Latin America than the number
needed to operate normally. The exceeding diplomats could be acting
as “intelligence agents”, sources commented to Haaretz.

According to the same sources, Israel warned these countries about
that situation, but they showed little interest in such reports.

There is an important Jewish community in Latin America with close
links to Israel. The largest lives in Argentina, where two terrorist
attacks against Jewish targets left over 100 killed in the past
decade. Argentina has formally accused Iran of being behind the
attacks, but Tehran rejected allegations saying that evidence was
biased by the CIA and the Mossad, which cooperated in the

Hernan Etchaleco

Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
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