der anti-imperialismus kommt zu sich. oder: pack verträgt sich.
CARACAS: On a trip to strengthen ties with leftists in Latin America and roll back U.S. influence, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to invest $1 billion in Bolivia and reaffirmed relations with the Venezuelan president with a declaration that "no one can defeat us."
Ahmadinejad announced the pledge Thursday in La Paz, then traveled to Venezuela. (...) Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, who along with Chávez is one of Iran's major allies, called Ahmadinejad's visit historic as La Paz and Tehran established diplomatic relations for the first time.
Morales pledged that they "will work together from this day on, for our people, for life and for humanity."
Later on Thursday in Venezuela, Ahmadinejad and Chávez greeted each other warmly on a red carpet in front of the presidential palace.
"Together we are surely growing stronger," Ahmadinejad said through an interpreter, "and in truth no one can defeat us. Imperialism has no other option: Respect the peoples or accept defeat."
Chávez embraced the Iranian president, calling him "one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters" and "one of the great fighters for true peace."
In his defiant speech to the UN General Assembly this week, Ahmadinejad rebuked "arrogant powers" seeking to restrict the Iranian nuclear program. Chávez also strongly defends Iran's nuclear research, insisting that it is for peaceful energy use despite U.S. suspicions that it is aimed at making nuclear weapons.
(...)Ahmadinejad's trip underscored his growing ties to Latin American nations, including Nicaragua and Ecuador, even as the United States tries to isolate him internationally. (...)