OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro denounced that Iran has an operations center established in Venezuela to finance terrorist groups like Hezbollah and their operations.
“Venezuela is a pivotal country in the hemisphere, with influences South America, Central America, the Caribbean and North America. This is dangerous because they are immersed in the regime’s operations and in its regional destabilization processes. Including those linked to organized crime,” he reported during an interview with the weekly Hebrero Jai.
Almagro said Iran is functions as a tool for Maduro’s dictatorship to circumvent U.S. sanctions. “The presence of Iranian ships in the Caribbean and anchored in Venezuelan ports, an extra-continental power, is a source of tension and threat to regional peace and stability,” he added.
Furthermore, the Secretary General recalled that there is evidence gathered by the DEA and the U.S. Department of Justice about the links of officials of the dictatorship with Iran and Hezbollah.
“Tareck el Aissami, to cite the most relevant, conducted an operation to sell thousands of Venezuelan passports at the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus which ended up in the hands of Hezbollah,” he said.
Maduro’s Dictatorship’s Criminal Nature
Almagro reiterated that Venezuela is the booty of foreign powers, since Maduro has decided to internationalize the Venezuelan political conflict in a “dangerous way”.
“The criminal nature of the regime, the reality of the actions of the regime’s authorities linked to organized crime, drug trafficking, illegal mining, smuggling and corruption, mean that it is not a regime willing to resolve this situation politically or through dialogue. there have been 12 dialogue processes. Like all criminals, they will turn themselves in only when they are surrounded and under real pressure,” he said.
In this regard, he emphasized that all actions of the dictatorship should be denounced.
“Further investigations should be conducted, as the U.S. Department of Justice has done,” he said.