Iran's president offers condolences over Chavez death
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 6 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter of condolence to Venezuela over the death of country's president Hugo Chavez, Fars news agency reported.
In the letter, addressed to the Acting President of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, Ahmadinejad has expressed grief over the loss of a "great soul" from the land of "crusaders for equality and liberalism".
Maduro is now an acting president and a new president will be elected within thirty days, according to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.
Ahmadinejad in his letter said Venezuela "lost its brave, intelligent, revolutionary leader, who became a martyr", also adding that Chavez died from a "suspicious disease".
Ahmadinejad also said in the letter that the name of Hugo Chavez is familiar to all nations, reminding of purity, kindness, courage, and love for people.
"Hugo Chavez is the symbol for and successor of all the brave and revolutionaries in the proud, but grief-laden history of Latin America," the President's letter reads.
In the end, Iran's president wished happiness, health ,welfare and dignity to the Venezuelan nation.
Countrywide mourning is declared on Wednesday in Iran following the death of Venezuelan President by a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was battling cancer, passed away Tuesday at the age of 58.