Private Iranian airline Mahan Air launched a direct flight Monday to Venezuela following announcement of the government to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro against US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.
US, Germany and France had earlier blacklisted the airline alleging it carried military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones.
According to spokesman of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, Reza Jafarzadeh, the plane will carry foreign ministry officials to Venezuelan capital city Caracas.
He added the route was launched early Monday and flights between Tehran and Caracas are to take 16 hours time.
Iran, Russia, Turkey and China have backed the Maduro government in Venezuela opposing call of US and several Latin American countries to step down and give way to Guaido to take presidential office.
Guaido self-declared himself as legitimate leader of Venezuela in January and since then has campaigned to oust Maduro, denouncing him as illegitimate.
the plane will carry foreign ministry officials to Venezuelan capital city Caracas.
Earlier, Russian and Chinese planes have flown military personnel to Venezuela to support the Maduro government.
Mahan Air was established in 1992 and became the first private airline of Iran. Currently it has the largest fleet of aircraft in the country. US blacklisted the airline in 2011 alleging it was supporting the Quds Force.
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