Iran's Ahmadinejad starts one-day Cuba visit

January 11, 2012 20:17

HAVANA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Havana on Wednesday for a one-day visit amid heightened international tensions after an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a Tehran car bombing.

Iran blamed the bombing on Israel and the United States, which have led the way in trying to stop Iran's nuclear program. But Ahmadinejad made no comment upon landing at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

He was greeted by one of Cuba's vice presidents, Esteban Lazo, and was driven away in a black Mercedes ahead of a meeting with President Raul Castro.

Cuba was his third stop on a Latin American tour meant to show support from four leftist-led nations - Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador - as Iran is increasingly isolated by tightening Western economic sanctions.

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