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Iranian President hails ties with Nicaragua

01-11-2012 12:33 BJT

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega his "brother president". The Iranian leader made the remarks after arriving in Managua for the inauguration of the Central American leader’s new term.

The two nations have forged strong ties since Ortega’s return to power in 2007, with Iran pledging to help the impoverished country to fund a 350 million dollar port and to assist with an ambitious hydro-electric project.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd R) and Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Samuel
Santos (R) stand next to their national flags upon Ahmadinejad's arrival in Managua
January 10, 2012.

On Monday, Ahmadinejad joined his ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in accusing the US and its allies of using a dispute over Iran’s enrichment of uranium to unjustly threaten the country.

The Iranian leader also plans to visit Cuba and Ecuador on a tour aimed at promoting relations with some of his close friends in Washington’s neighborhood.

Iran is facing its toughest ever economic sanctions from the United States and a trade embargo from the European Union, which currently buys about 20 percent of Iran’s oil output.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Samuel Santos
(L) greet each other upon Ahmadinejad's arrival in Managua January 10, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) gestures while arriving in Managua January 10,
2012. Ahmadinejad is in Nicaragua on an official visit to attend Nicaragua's President
Daniel Ortega's swear-in ceremony for a second term as president.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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