Iran, Venezuela slam Western threats

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Miraflores presidential palace, Caracas, January 9, 2012
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez have censured the hegemonic powers’ persisting efforts to make war threats and impose sanctions against independent and developing nations of the world.

In a joint statement issued Monday in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, the two presidents denounced all acts of terrorism in the world and called for collective efforts by the international community to counter the “sordid phenomenon.”

Referring to the ongoing freedom- and justice-seeking uprisings across the Middle East, Presidents Ahmadinejad and Chavez voiced support for the rightful demands of people in the region and denounced any foreign interference as the key element in aggravating regional crises.

The Iranian and Venezuelan presidents also expressed regret over the massacre of civilians and security forces in Syria, voiced support for the Syrian reform process and lashed out at global imperialism and the Israeli regime for their “blatant interference” in regional affairs.  Continue reading