Nicolas Maduro was officially welcomed by his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh also attended the receiving ceremony.
Upon arrival at Tehran International Airport, Mehrabad, Maduro was welcomed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as well as Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh .
On Saturday afternoon, he met the Iranian Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei to talk mutual interests as well as regional developments.
Maduro met with Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian earlier on Satrday and is expected to sit down with his Iranian opposite number on issues of mutual interest, mainly the plunging oil prices.
The Venezuelan president is nonetheless expected to visit more member countries of OPEC (Petroleum Exporting Countries), including Saudi Arabia, to discuss the recent slump in oil markets.
Iran has called the slump as rather politically motivated. Many experts see the huge plunge in oil prices as a new tool used by Saudi Arabia and its ultra-regional allies.