Bolivia-Iran Relations

Posted on November 9, 2013 • Filed under: Bolivia

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Economic relations

Iran has invested in Bolivian infrastructure[citation needed] and other projects. Iran’s ambassador ro Bolivia said his country would open two low-cost public health clinics in the country, which is South America’s poorest. Iranian business attache Hojjatollah Soltani said his country planned to use Bolivia as a base for future Red Crescent medical programmes across the continent.[2]

In 2010, when Morales visited Iran, he sought further investments in Bolivia,[3] and “expand ties, promote investments, and further enhance cooperation.” The trip also entailed discussion for a planned $287 million Iranian investment in Bolivia. This was preceded by a line of credit Iran extended to Bolivia for another $287 million as development aid, in particular for mineral exploration and the textile industry.[4]
Political rhetoric

Morales has maintained that Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear energy as there was pressure to add sanctions for the nuclear programme of Iran.[citation needed]

During another visit to Iran in 2010, together with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he said there was a need to “strengthen the resistance front formed by independent and freedom-seeking nations to fight against imperialism and global hegemony.”[5] He also said “Iran and Bolivia have identical revolutionary conscience which allows for the expansion of relations and accounts for the closeness of the two states.”[6] Bolivia also denied it had any joint uranium exploration deals with Iran in the face of international pressure on Iran’s nuclear programme.[7] Read Article

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