In his first visit to Latin America, Iran’s hardline president met Tuesday with his Nicaraguan counterpart and railed against a theme both leaders have in common: U.S. sanctions.
President Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Nicaragua is his second stop, after Venezuela. He is also scheduled to visit Cuba, Iran’s other ally in the region.
Raisi spoke at a joint appearance in Managua with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
“The United States wanted to paralyze our people with threats and sanctions, but it hasn’t been able to do it,” Raisi said.
Many top figures in Ortega’s government also face U.S. sanctions for crushing dissent and imprisoning or exiling opponents.
On Monday, Raisi visited President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, which is also under U.S. economic sanctions.