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Statue of Venezuela's founding father unveiled in Tehran in presence of Chavez

11/28/04 Tehran, Nov 28, IRNA -- Statue of Venezuela's nineteenth century leader Simon Bolivar was unveiled at Goft-o-gou (dialogue) Park in Tehran on Sunday in a ceremony attended by President Hugo Chavez, Chairman of Tehran City Council Mehdi Chamran and Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Ahmadi said that today is a great day in Tehran-Caracas relations as well as in Iranian ties with Latin American nations.

"Though there is long way from Tehran to Latin American states, the common ground between Iran and the Latin American nations has helped bring closer the hearts of those nations," Tehran mayor said.

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"Iranian and Latin American nations struggle for freedom have led to victory and encouraged anti-colonialist uprising in other countries," Ahmadinejad said.

"Iran and Venezuela are two great countries in the two strategic regions of the world enjoying extensive material and human resources and reliable partners to each other," Tehran mayor said.

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President Chavez thanked Iran for installation of Bolivar's statue and extended his wishes for happiness and prosperity of the Iranian nation.

He said that Bolivar was a great freedom fighter and a learned man.

"He knew that his struggle will yield results. Bolivar's campaign served as an example for Latin American nations to get rid of the yoke of colonialism," President Chavez said.

"I should tell the Iranian people that Bolivar liberated six other states in addition to Venezuela," President Chavez said.

Hakim Omar Khayyam's statue was unveiled in Caracas last year.

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Simon Bolivar was the Venezuelan leader in the early nineteenth century and his birthday (July 24) is national holiday in the country.

Venezuela was a Spanish colony from 1499 until 1821 and under the leadership of Simon Bolivar it achieved independence in 1830.

Meanwhile, in another ceremony on Sunday in presence of the Venezuelan president, a street in Tehran was named after Simon Bolivar.

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