Havana, Sept 15, IRNA-President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez on Thursday supported Iran's anti-colonial policies as well as the strong and clear positions of his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on US.
Addressing the meeting of 18 developing states (G-15) in the Cuban capital, Chavez repeatedly praised President Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials.
He called on the G-15 member states to resist, like President Ahmadinejad, against colonial policies of the West, the US in particular.
Stressing that acquiring peaceful nuclear energy was an absolute right for each country, Chavez said that Iran's nuclear program was completely peaceful.
The Venezuelan president which was repeatedly applauded by the audience, congratulated Iran's rotating presidency over the G-15 and expressed hope that the body would further approach their goals under Iran's chairmanship.
Iran was assigned as the G-15 new rotating chairman on Thursday at the end of Algeria's presidency.
At the end of Chavez speech, as the last lecturer of the two-day meeting, the G-15's heads of state and leaders continued their debates behind closed doors.
At the end of the Non-Aligned Movement's (NAM) 9th summit in Belgrade in 1989, a group of 15 developing countries of the movement's member states established the G-15 aiming at promotion of economic cooperation among developing countries.
The group was originally formed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Jamaica, Chile, Algeria, Mexico, Egypt, India, Peru, Senegal, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Zimbabwe. During the coming years, four more countries, Kenya, Sri Lanka Colombia and Iran, joined the group increasing its member states to 19.
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