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Iran: Tehran-Caracas direct flights are launched

An Airbus A340 of Mahan Air at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport, on 14 September 2017 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images]
An Airbus A340 of Mahan Air on 14 September 2017 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images]

Iran's Imam Khomeini Airport announced yesterday the launch of direct commercial flights between Tehran and Venezuela's Caracas, as well as the schedule of weekly flights.

According to reports, the first scheduled passenger flight of Venezuela's flag carrier, Conviasa Airline, landed in Tehran yesterday and will leave for Caracas tomorrow.

The inaugural ceremony, ahead of the direct flight from Tehran was attended by Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology alongside Venezuela's Transport Minister.

The commercial flights are the latest developments in bilateral relations between the two countries and are a result of agreements made between Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro and his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi.

Last month, both countries, hit with US-imposed sanctions signed a 20-year cooperation agreement during Maduro's visit to Tehran. While on a two-day visit to Qatar, Maduro also announced direct flights between Caracas and Doha, which will commence in October.

The agreement includes cooperation in the fields of oil, petrochemicals, defence, agriculture, tourism and culture.

It also includes repair of Venezuelan refineries and the export of technical and engineering services. "Venezuela has shown exemplary resistance against sanctions and threats from enemies and Imperialists," Raisi said at the time. "The 20-year cooperation document is testimony to the will of the two countries to develop ties."

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