Venezuela’s Chavez to welcome Iranian president

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Venezuela’s Chavez to welcome Iranian president by: – January 9, 2012center_img 35 Views   no discussions Share President Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad embracng each other. Photo credit: telegraph.co.ukCARACAS, Venezuela — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was due to arrive in Venezuela on Sunday at the start of a Caribbean tour to shore up support from the region’s leftist leaders, as new Western sanctions aim to isolate Iran and target its oil exports.As he prepared to welcome Ahmadinejad on Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed a US warning to avoid close ties with Iran.Washington has said that Ahmadinejad’s planned tour of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador showed Iran was “desperate” for friends.“We are making absolutely clear to countries around the world that now is not the time to be deepening ties, not security ties, not economic ties, with Iran,” a US State Department spokesperson said on Friday.“A spokesman or spokeswoman in Washington from the State Department or the White House said it was not convenient for any country to get close to Iran. Well, the truth is, it made you laugh,” Chavez responded on national television.“We are free. The people of Latin America will never again kneel, dominated by the Imperial Yankee. Never again,” he said.The increasingly warm relations between Iran and Venezuela are a growing source of concern for the United States.Ahmadinejad will also visit Nicaragua to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Daniel Ortega, following which he will visit Cuba and Ecuador.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img

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