Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Friday to to pay his respects to President Hugo Chavez after his death earlier this week.
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Ahmadinejad said he will greatly miss the charismatic leader. "He was a dear friend to all the countries of the world. To us, President Chavez's loss is very painful because we've lost a friend - a close friend - and a revolutionary and just leader."
Venezuela announced that Chavez will be embalmed and put on display permanently at a military museum after a state funeral and an extended period of lying in state. The government says more than 2 million supporters have viewed it since Wednesday.
Chavez died on Tuesday aged 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was president for of Venezuela for 14 years.