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Iran President begins Cuba visit

01-12-2012 07:24 BJT

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Havana for a one-day visit amid heightened international tensions.

Cuba is his third stop on a Latin American tour meant to show support from four leftist nations - Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador. The four countries are united with Iran primarily in their antipathy toward the United States, but political and economic ties with the Islamic Republic have expanded in recent years. They have also endorsed Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, waves as he arrives
to Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday
Jan. 11, 2012.

The United States slapped new sanctions on Iran on New Year’s Eve aimed at making it harder for Iran to sell its oil.

Iran says it is only developing nuclear capabilities for energy and other peaceful purposes, but the US and its allies accuse it of wanting to create a nuclear weapon.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) gestures to the media next to Cuba's Vice
president Esteban Lazo at Havana's Jose Marti Airport January 11, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) waves to the media next to
Cuba's Vice President Esteban Lazo (L) at Jose Marti Airport in Havana
January 11, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with Cuba's Vice president
Esteban Lazo (R) next to rector of University of Havana Gustavo Cobreiro Suarez at
the University of Havana January 11, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the audience
during a conference at the University of Havana January 11, 2012.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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