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Chavez calls on 3rd world states to support Iran's nuclear program

Tehran, July 31, IRNA-Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez here Sunday called on the third world countries to support Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chavez said how some of the big powers could possibly allow themselves to say Iran had no right to have access to the peaceful nuclear energy.

Such expectation, he said, rooted from selfishness of those big powers.

As for Tehran-Caracas cooperation in the field of energy, Chavez said the two capitals have decided "to form a strategic oil company" which would work in the fields of identifying oil fields as well as oil exploration, drilling and trade.

Terming his talks with Iranian officials as "positive," the Venezuelan president said signing 11 documents for bilateral cooperation was an indication that the two countries intend to further promote their cooperation in the future.

Referring to the massacre of innocent civilians, children in particular, in the Zionist regime's heinous attack on the Southern Lebanese city of Qana, Chavez said it was a shameful, disgracing and atrocious act.

Why the Zionist regime is not directly facing the Lebanese army, asked the Venezuelan president adding if the Zionists are after war why they do not look for and find a real army to fight against.

Condemning the Zionist regime's crimes against humanity, Chavez called on the international community to be more sensitive towards the incessant massacre of defenseless civilians in Lebanon, particularly women and children.

Chavez wound up his two-day official visit to Iran Sunday night and left Tehran for Hanoi, Vietnam.

... Payvand News - 7/31/06 ... --

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