Ahmadinejad granted with Havana University honorary doctorate

Iran Materials 12 January 2012 10:00 (UTC +04:00)
Havana University granted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an honorary doctorate of political sciences.
Ahmadinejad granted with Havana University honorary doctorate

Havana University granted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an honorary doctorate of political sciences, IRNA reported.

The Iranian president was granted the honorary doctorate because of his incomparable efforts in defense of establishment of a just international system as well as nations' rights against capitalist powers, Havana University declared.

Ahmadinejad denounced capitalism during his speech at the University of Havana.

The University of Havana is a university located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. Founded in 1728, the University of Havana is the oldest university in Cuba, and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today the University of Havana has 15 faculties (colleges) at its Havana campus and distance learning centers throughout Cuba.

The University of Havana is made up of 16 faculties and 14 research centers in different fields like economics, sciences, social science and humanities. In total, up to twenty five specialties are taught at the university. Now, it has about 6000 degree students in regular classes.

The Iranian President arrived in Havana and was welcomed by Cuban high-ranking officials at airport on Wednesday. President Ahmadinejad left Managua for Havana after meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, on the third leg of his four-nation tour of Latin America.

He visited Managua to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Nicaragua's re-elected President Daniel Ortega.
Iran's president also discussed with Ortega different important regional and international issues.

Ahmadinejad is visiting Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador as part of his Latin American tour. Iranian president is expected to meet with both President Raul and Fidel Castro later in the day. In all, he planned to spend less than 24 hours on the island before flying to Ecuador.

Iran has forged hundreds of agreements with Latin American nations. More deals could be in store this week as Iranian President tours this region. Iranian president's plans for a Latin America tour grabbed global attention as tensions grow between US and Iran over the nation's peaceful nuclear program.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Edited by: S. Isayev