Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Venezuelan bishop warns of Iran's rising influence in the country

ROSARIO, Argentina – According to one Venezuelan bishop, the world should be concerned by the growing military presence of Iran in his country.

This presence, Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal argued, is not based on an interest in the Venezuela’s mineral resources but is part of an effort to establish a geopolitical base.

In a letter published earlier this week, Moronta warns that, “far from what many think, the Iranians are not as interested – as other nations are – in Venezuelan resources (certainly there is an interest here);” instead, what encouraged this Middle Eastern country to do business with this South American nation is the possibility of “penetrating” Venezuela to “establish a strategic base, geopolitical in nature.”


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