Chavez says Iran's Ahmadinejad to visit Venezuela

Following UN General Assembly in New York, Iranian president will travel to Venezuela; Chavez won't come to UN due to medical condition.

By REUTERS
September 15, 2011 07:25
1 minute read.
Iran's Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Chavez

Iran's Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Chavez 311 (R). (photo credit: Raheb Homavandi / Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

CARACAS, - Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would visit the South American country this month, a move that could exacerbate tensions between Caracas and Washington.

The leftist Venezuelan president told reporters his Iranian counterpart would visit after next week's meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
'Ahmadinejad insists Zionists started both World Wars'
Chavez to return to Cuba for more chemotherapy

"After New York, he's coming here," Chavez said, without giving more details.

Both fierce anti-US ideologues, Ahmadinejad and Chavez have become close political and commercial allies in recent years. The two countries are allies within OPEC.

US President Barack Obama hit Venezuela's state-oil company, PDVSA, with sanctions in May for sending Iran two tankers of an oil-blending component in defiance of US law.

The measures were largely symbolic and it is in both countries' interests not to seriously interrupt oil supplies.



Chavez will not attend the General Assembly due to ill health. Having been operated on for cancer in June, he is set to start a fourth round of chemotherapy in the days ahead.

Obama has faced pressure from conservatives in Congress to impose tougher measures if Venezuela keeps ignoring US restrictions designed to limit Iran's nuclear program.

If Iran-Venezuela oil and investment ties deepen, Obama could take more measures, possibly excluding PDVSA from the US financial system. That would affect Venezuelan debt, or in the worst-case scenario, limit imports from Venezuela.

Related Content

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press
July 19, 2018
Nikki Haley: UNHRC’s Agenda 7 is ‘directed against Israel’s existence’

By TOVAH LAZAROFF