Iran's president off to Nicaragua
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend D. Khatinoglu, S.Isayev/
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has left Venezuela, and is now on his way to Nicaragua, IRNA reported.
Venezuela was the first stop in Ahmadinejad's tour, which was not altogether coincidental. Despite their cultural differences, Venezuela and Iran have found significant common ground: Both are among the world's top crude oil exporters, and their leaders are strong allies united by a fierce opposition to what they describe as U.S. imperialism.
Nicaragua is Ahmadinejad's second stop of his five-day tour of Latin American countries. Once in Nicaragua, Iranian president will attend the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega, who cruised to a third term in November amidst allegations of voter irregularities.
Accompanying Ahmadinejad will be Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. After Nicaragua, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Cuba and Ecuador.
CNN reported that Iranian president will also be accompanied by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on his way to Nicaragua.