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Venezuela's President Chavez to visit Iran soon

Buenos Aires, Aug 3, IRNA-Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he will visit Iran at earliest possible time. He made the remark in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Venezuela, Ahmad Sobhani and extended his warm greetings to Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Earlier, some segments of Iranian media reported that the Venezuelan president would take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Ahmadinejad but the report was not confirmed by Venezuela.

Ahmadinejad had its presidency confirmed by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In a separate meeting with Head of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee Seyed Reza Nayyeri on Monday, Chavez expressed hope that Ahmadinejad would follow the policy taken by President Khatami to improve relations with other countries.

The Venezuelan president hailed the effective plans pursued by the committee to eliminate poverty, saying that his respective country is in dire need of such plans.

He added that the Venezuelan minister of social development will visit Iran to get familiar with the plans of the Iranian committee.

Chavez stressed that the Iranian and Venezuelan nations would get closer and the relations between the two important states in the Middle East and Latin America would further broaden.

For his part, Nayyeri said Imam Khomeini Relief Committee is ready to provide Venezuela with the experiences it has acquired during the past years.

Nayyeri, who arrived in Venezuela last week on an official visit, returned home Tuesday.

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