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Iranian President arrives in Ecuador

01-13-2012 07:55 BJT

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has concluded his visit to Cuba and arrived in Ecuador - the last stop of the leader's four-nation Latin American tour.

In Cuba, Ahmadinejad met with former leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro. Both sides praised the excellent state of bilateral relations and discussed international issues of common concerns.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (L) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
wave to pedestrians from Carondelet Palace, shortly after Ahmadinejad's arrival in
Quito January 12, 2012.

Iranian President Mahmoud was greeted on Thursday by excited crowds as he arrived in Ecuador

for a meeting with the country’s president Rafael Correa.

And later the two leaders waved to crowds from the balcony of president Correa’s official

residence.

This follows a visit to Cuba, where the Iranian president met with former leader Fidel Castro and his brother President Raul.

Iranian President Mahmoud said: "We’ve maintained good relations with Commander Fidel Castro. We talked about a lot of issues. It made me very happy to see Fidel safe and sane, and we saw that he follows regional, global and international issues closely and passionately."

Ahmadinejad also stressed the political affinities between Iran and Cuba. He said: "We share common positions in respect to a lot of regional and international issues and we are going to follow up on all the pending questions with respect to economic issues, investment, trade and cultural relations. As far as political relations and cooperation with Latin America in the international organizations and with Non-Allied Nations, Cuba has also played a very important role."

Ahmadinejad’s Latin American tour, meant to build ties with Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and

Ecuador -- comes at a key period of heightened international pressure on Tehran.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (L) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
wave to pedestrians from Carondelet Palace, shortly after Ahmadinejad's arrival in
Quito January 12, 2012.

People hold posters of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as they wait outside an
air force base for his arrival in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he exits a plane upon arrival to an air
force base in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he exits a
plane upon arrival to an air force base in Quito, Ecuador,
Thursday Jan. 12, 2012.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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