Iran president heads to Venezuela

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Press TV -(Thu Apr 18, 2013) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has headed to the Venezuelan capital Caracas to take part in the inauguration ceremony of the Latin American country’s new President Nicolas Maduro.

Ahmadinejad started the trip on Thursday accompanied by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi among others, IRNA reported.
Socialist Maduro was declared the winner of Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday. He won 50.7 percent of the vote against 49.1 percent for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, a difference of 235,000 ballots.
On March 8, Maduro became Venezuela’s acting president, following the death of late President Hugo Chavez, who lost a two-year-long battle with cancer on March 5.
Maduro has promised to continue the socialist policies of the former leader.
Prior to his departure, Ahmadinejad said, “[Iran’s] relation with Venezuela…symbolizes Iran’s relation with Latin America.”
“This remark does not signify that our entire relations with Latin America are conditioned on relations with Venezuela, but relation with this country symbolizes Iran’s relation with Latin America,” he noted.
The Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys expanded relations with Venezuela in industrial, business, energy, cultural, and political areas, the Iranian president said.

Fars NA -(Thu Apr 18, 2013) Ahmadinejad Reiterates Broadening of Ties with Venezuela

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once against underlined that Iran is in favor of bolstering and reinvigorating ties with Latin American states, specially Venezuela.
“Relations with Venezuela are strategic and they symbolize Iran’s ties with other Latin American countries,” Ahmadinejad said prior to his departure for Caracas on Thursday.
He noted that fortunately Iran has good relations with all Latin American countries.
President Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, departed for Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, late Thursday to attend the inauguration ceremony of Nicholas Maduro as the Latin American country’s new president.
The Iranian president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Government Spokesman Gholamhossein Elham and several others of his senior aides.
Earlier this week, President Ahmadinejad in a message congratulated Maduro on winning the presidential elections in Venezuela.
“This great victory is another seal of approval on the successful leadership of justice-seeking, freedom-seeking and independence-seeking of Latin American leaders, including the late President Hugo Chavez, in Venezuela,” the Iranian president said in the message to his Venezuelan counterpart on Monday.
President Ahmadinejad noted that Maduro’s election has great significance in establishing a new world order considering Venezuela’s effective position among independent nations in their freedom-seeking movement.
“Venezuelans once again reaffirmed the importance of continuing the Bolivarian Revolution and emphasized on historical demands of all justice-seeking nations in the world for continued social, economic, scientific and cultural development in order to establish independent countries by relying on national potential,” he added.
Chavez died about one month ago due to cancer and Maduro was elected as Venezuela’s new president.

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