A top religious leader in Venezuela is warning the public about Iran’s increasing presence in his country, calling the alliance between the two nations a “disaster” intended for “geopolitical objectives,” following the Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Caracas.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, sits with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, second from right, during a photo opportunity at the Foreign Ministry where a painting of Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar hangs in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
A worker of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA waves an Iranian flag as the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune docks at the El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, in the northern state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 25, 2020. (AFP)
US Special envoy for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP)