Chavez hopes one day to visit 'liberated Golan'

Assad claims Israel "does not have desire to give anything for sake of peace" as Venezuelan president visits Syria.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 21, 2010 20:36
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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez shakes hand with

Assad chavez 311 AP. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that Israel "does not have the desire to give anything for the sake of peace."

Assad made the comments during a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Syria.

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Chavez reiterated that Caracas supports Syria's right to win the return of the Golan Heights and said "I hope the day comes when I when visit the Golan after it is liberated.

Chavez said that he and his Syrian counterpart are "on the offensive" against Western imperialism.

In Damascus, Chavez said that he and Syrian President Bashar Assad are building ties "to accelerate the fall of (US) imperialist hegemony and the birth of the new world of equilibrium and peace."

"We're on the offensive," Chavez said. "We're building an alternative."

The two also discussed a proposed oil project and signed several economic agreements.

Chavez arrived in Syria on Wednesday from Teheran, where he and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said they are united in efforts to establish a "new world order" that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.


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