Monday, September 1, 2008

Bolivia cements Iran ties amid US dismay

Press TV reports: Bolivia's President Evo Morales says his official visit to Iran aims at raising Tehran-La Paz political relations to a much higher level.

In a meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bolivia's visiting president pointed to the two countries' opposing stance against imperialism and said that his visit is 'a symbol of unity and solidarity among Iranian and Bolivian nations.'

"In addition to promoting political relations, this visit aims at enhancing bilateral ties in the fields of commerce, industry, agriculture, gas and oil," the Bolivian president added.

Iran-Bolivia overtures come as the United States has expressed grave concerns over the warming of relations between Iran and Latin American countries.

The United States accuses Iran of making effort to develop nuclear arms. This is while the UN nuclear watchdog has conceded the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.

"The two revolutionary nations and the governments of Iran and Bolivia are natural allies and will remain supportive of one another under any circumstance," President Ahmadinejad said in his meeting with president Morales.

Iran and Latin America share a common political approach, critical of Washington's foreign policies.

La Paz and Tehran established relations in September 2007 when signed trade and energy agreements along with a joint statement recognizing 'the rights of developing nations to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.'