TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A senior Iranian diplomat visiting Venezuela as the Iranian president’s special envoy held meetings with the Latin American country’s top officials.

Morteza Sarmadi, a deputy foreign minister and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s special envoy, held talks with senior Venezuelan officials in Caracas.

The Iranian ambassador had separate meetings with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, president of the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, and with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza for talks on Iran-Venezuela bilateral ties and on the major regional and international developments.

In the meeting with Arreaza, the Iranian envoy slammed the US policies as a threat to world peace and security, calling for concerted action against Washington’s unilateral and hegemonic policies.

For his part, the top Venezuelan diplomat deplored the US administration’s move to breach the international commitments, and hailed Iran for its “strategic position” in ensuring stability and fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

While Sarmadi is in Venezuela, another Iranian diplomat, Gholamreza Ansari, has relayed messages from the Iranian president to leaders of Brazil and Chile.

The Iranian administration has enhanced political contacts with foreign leaders in recent weeks on the ways to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after the US exit.

Last week, President Rouhani told his French counterpart that staying in the JCPOA will be out of the question if Tehran cannot enjoy the benefits of the nuclear deal.

On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).