Hugo Chavez meets Iran's Imam Khamenei
Monday, July 2, 2007
The visit of Chavez to Tehran, Iran, followed earlier ones to Russia and Belarus. Iran's state-run television reported that Hugo Chavez stated to Khamenei that Iran was an apt model for other nations to emulate.
Chavez said that the two nations' ties in the petroleum, gasoline, and petrochemical sectors will be expanded.
In a reference to the recent political development in various parts of Latin America where anti-American leaders have attained political control, Chavez said, "U.S. imperialism is declining, and independent countries are viewing the future with hope and optimism."
Both Venezuela and Iran are members of OPEC.