Thursday, September 29, 2005

Iran's President Ahmadinejad thanks Chavez
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed Venezuela's "brave and judicious" vote against the EU-proposed resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. READ MORE

Talking to his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on the phone Tuesday, Ahmadinejad thanked the South American country for its bold support for Iran's legitimate right to gain access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, IRNA reported.

The vote, he said, shows the depth of the two countries' brotherly and friendly ties.

Referring to Venezuela's efforts to rally South American states support for Iran's legitimate activities to develop nuclear technology, the Iranian president said this has led to a wider debate in the international arena on the rights of suppressed nations.

Ahmadinejad said the IAEA resolution is a violation of all IAEA rules and regulations, and stressed that his country will never accept anything that ignores international law.

Chavez, for his part, expressed his confidence that Iran will successfully overcome the current crisis regarding its nuclear program like it did in the past.