RENDEVOUS OF TWO BRUTAL DICTATORS IS PART OF IRAN'S LARGER EFFORT TO INCREASE ITS MALIGN INFLUENCE THROUGHOUT AMERICA'S BACKYARD
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December 7, 2023
Pictured: Iranian President meeting his Cuban counterpart - June 2023.
In a defiant challenge to the United States, President Ebrahim Raisi flew to three Latin American countries in mid-June 2023, —one only 90 miles from the U.S. border—to deepen Iran’s strategic and economic ties in the western hemisphere. The trip, included stops in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, all Marxist anti-American dictatorships whose leaders loathe America and the freedom she represents.
Cuba Sees Iran as one of its closest friends in the Middle East.
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi met with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel in Cuba on Monday amid the expanding ties between the two countries.
Iran and Cuba signed several new documents including various memorandums of understanding (MoUs). They also talked about expanding ties.
The meeting comes as Iran is inflaming the Middle East, pushing its proxies to attack US forces in Iraq and Syria and pushing Hezbollah to attack Israel and the Houthis to attack ships in the Red Sea.
It also comes as Venezuela, a friend of Iran and Cuba, is threatening to invade Guyana in South America.
Iran and Cuba talked up bilateral cooperation in science, technology, health, mining, communications, and medicine, among other things, according to reports.
Raisi said that “standing against the global hegemonic system’s excessive demands is a consensus of Iran and Cuba,” according to Xinhua media in China.
They also discussed the situation in Gaza. Cuba sees Iran as one of its closest friends in the Middle East. Both countries bashed the US during the visit.
It was unclear if the visit had military and defense ramifications, such as drone sales by Iran.
Iran has also been exporting drones and other munitions to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine. Russia has been shipping crude oil to Brazil.