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Iranian president seeks to expand ties with L. America, U.S. gets jitters

(Xinhua)

13:17, January 10, 2012

In this image provided by the Venezuelan Presidency Office, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (2nd R) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd L), pose for a picture after signing bilateral agreements at the Miraflores Palace in the city of Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Jan. 9, 2012. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Venezuela on Monday, kicking off his Latin American tour which also includes Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador. (Xinhua/Venezuelan Presidency Office)

CARACAS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has kicked off a four-nation tour aimed at forging closer ties with Latin American countries, a move that has raised eyebrows in the United States which sees the region as its "backyard."

In a speech at a welcome ceremony on Monday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his government was "full of joy" for the Iranian president's visit and that his meeting with Ahmadinejad was to keep "fighting misery, hunger and underdevelopment."

Ahmadinejad, for his part, said his visit was not to attack another country. "We love all the people, including the people of the United States," he said.

The two leaders will also discuss bilateral cooperation in areas of agriculture, industry, commerce, and energy, and will renew some cooperation agreements.

Declaring their countries were "no warriors," the two criticized the U.S. government for being "arrogant."

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venny at 2012-01-1269.157.249.*
iran has the nukes waiting for us in the west to start something while russia and china laughs and us in the west are buying it. look at how they posture am sure they hve it really
PD User at 2012-01-11141.0.10.*
Iran is a sovreghn nation and should be allowed its right to pursue a peaceful nuclear programe,america should stop harassing countries all in d name of policing d world..
Habu muktar at 2012-01-11141.0.10.*
The american govt should by now know dat d world is waking up and the era of them telling countries wat 2 do and wat they shuldnt is coming to an end,i say thumbs up to chavez and venezuela..America can kill itself
  

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