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President Chavez pays another visit to Tehran

Tehran, Nov 19, IRNA - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for Paris Monday afternoon.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bade formal farewell to his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez.

National anthems of both countries were played in the ceremony and the two presidents reviewed the guard of honor.

Chavez arrived in Tehran on Monday on a day long visit.

Chavez was accompanied by the Venezuelan ministers of foreign affairs, oil, industries and communications as well as the Caracas mayor.

The visit to Iran of President Chavez took place in response to a visit by President Ahmadinejad to Venezuela in late September.

The current visit was the fourth visit to Tehran of Chavez during Ahmadinejad's tenure.

Ahmadinejad: Iran, Venezuela fully support each other

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran and Venezuela are determined to fully support each other.

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, on Monday.

President Chavez arrived here Monday morning heading a senior politico-economic delegation.

Iran and Venezuela held very good and constructive talks and the two sides reviewed the prospects of future cooperation between the two countries, Ahmadinejad said.

Iran and Venezuela are involved in many programs to provide peace and security for nations, he said.

"We are determined to upgrade the current level of mutual and international cooperation despite the fact that this is not welcomed by global arrogance but the two nations are to pave the way shoulder to shoulder," Ahmadinejad said.

"Fortunately, we are now witnessing the decline of the global arrogance and repeated victories of nations," he said.

"The Venezuelan president's viewpoints are quite clear, constructive and revolutionary which are supported by both sides and we are to pave the way shoulder to shoulder because the Almighty God supports us and the victory is ahead of us," he said.

Referring to agreements reached between the two sides during the visit, he underlined that although the visit was very short but it produced fruitful results.

The agreements would help bolster and consolidate mutual ties, he pointed out.

The Venezuelan president, for his part, termed expansion of ties with Tehran as very valuable from ethical, political, economic, social and geopolitical points of view.

The two sides signed some very good agreements which are to broaden and bolster mutual cooperation, he said.

The volume of joint investments in both countries stands at about dlrs 4.6 billion, he said, adding that "Thanks to Almighty, the value of dollars on global market is declining and we will witness fall of dollar in the future." "Iran and Venezuela after two years of successful cooperation can establish a joint bank with dual nationality and we are quite sure that other countries will join us in the future," he said.

Iran and Venezuela also agreed to set up a joint fund to broaden industrial cooperation, he said.

Venezuela always stands by the Iranian nation and strongly condemns threats posed by the US imperialism and calls for respect for the Iranian government and its nation, he pointed out.

"Taking advantage of peaceful nuclear technology is among Iran's legitimate rights," Chavez underlined.

Chavez called on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to convey his best greetings to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian nation.

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