TEHRAN, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Thursday to take part in the inauguration ceremony of Nicolas Maduro's presidency, Tasnim news agency reported.
Hatami told reporters that Iran attaches importance to expanding all-out ties with "friendly and brotherly" country of Venezuela.
The Latin American state has played an active role in "anti-colonial struggles," he was quoted as saying.
The Iranian delegation headed by Hatami is scheduled to meet with high-ranking officials of the Venezuela government, including Maduro.
Maduro will be sworn in for a second six-year term on Thursday. He won the presidential election on May 20 with 57.4 percent of the votes, and will lead his country till 2025.