Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been received with open arms by leaders of South American countries Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua. He also stopped off in Cuba where he met Raul Castro and his brother, former revolutionary communist leader Fidel Castro.
Fidel and the Iranian president, whose countries share a common bond in sanctions, agreed there should be further solidifying of ties between the two nations. According to Fars
the two men said "strengthening convergence among revolutionary nations would help change unjust equations and bring about peace to the entire world."
Fidel also stressed the need to "resist expansionism of bullying powers" whilst praising Iran's efforts to resist Imperialism."
A late-night meeting was held between Raul and Ahmadinejad where the two discussed further co-operation between the two nations.
According to CBS News
, following the meeting the Iranian president said, "We have common positions on many things. We have been, are and will be together one with the other."
"It was a good visit, we discussed quite a lot, we analyzed quite a lot, we finished very late," Raul said
Fidel has warned that a conflict between Iran and the U.S. could result in a nuclear holocaust, the prospect of which has taken center stage in global affairs as tension continues to escalate between the two powers.
Thus far, Ahmadinejad's visit to Latin America has been successful in bolstering support for the Iranian nation as it becomes increasingly isolated in the face of U.S. and European impending sanctions.