Venezuela's Chavez in Iran meets Ahmadinejad

Chavez was in Tehran on Saturday with a team of high-ranking officials for a two-day visit.

Venezuela's Chavez in Iran meets Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez vowed on Saturday to back revolutionary nations and form anti-imperialist fronts, the official IRNA news agency said.

"Helping the oppressed and revolutionary nations and expanding anti-imperialist fronts are the main missions of Iran and Venezuela," Ahmadinejad said after meeting Chavez who is on a two-day visit to Tehran.

Chavez was in Tehran on Saturday with a team of high-ranking officials for a two-day visit.

Venezuela announced a new agreement with Iran for a joint geological study in the South American country's Andean belt, the state-run ABN news agency said.

Chavez highlighted bilateral projects already under way, including the construction of ethanol plants in Venezuela, and gas exploration in Iran by Venezuela's state-run oil company.

On Saturday, Chavez hinted of future projects as well.

The Venezuelan president said he aims to build a nuclear village with Iranian help in his country, according to Iran's Press TV. The details of such a plan were unknown.

Chavez backed Iran's claims that its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes.

"There is not a single proof that Iran is building ... a nuclear bomb," Chavez said after the leaders met, according to Press TV. "Soon they will accuse us also of building an atomic bomb."

The visit was Chavez's eighth to Iran, and the first since Ahmadinejad's re-election.

Chavez's trip to Iran follows visits to Libya, Algeria and Syria. He will visit Belarus and Russia before returning to Venezuela.


Agencies

Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2009, 17:02
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