Venezuela and Iran agreed Monday to strengthen cooperation against the coronavirus pandemic that affected more than 1.8 million people across the globe.

President Nicolas Maduro and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed “to strengthen the historic comprehensive ties of cooperation between both nations, especially in light of the challenges posed by current global circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the lives of millions of human beings and its consequences for the global economy,” Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a statement on Twitter.

The statement said two leaders expressed their willingness for a joint approach to

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