AHMADINEJAD TO VISIT VENEZUELA FOLLOWING UNGA

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07CARACAS1894 24 September 2007 Confidencial Embassy Caracas

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/24/2017
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, KDEM, IR, VE
SUBJECT: AHMADINEJAD TO VISIT VENEZUELA FOLLOWING UNGA

REF: A. CARACAS 01361

B. CARACAS 01879

Classified By: Political Counselor Robert R. Downes
for Reason 1.4(b).

1. (SBU) On September 24, during his longest "Alo,
Presidente" television broadcast to date (eight hours and
fifteen minutes), President Chavez confirmed press reports
that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit
Venezuela on September 26. Ahmadinejad is expected to give a
speech at the 62nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
meeting on September 25 and then visit Venezuela accompanied
by Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Nicolas Maduro. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (BRV)
has not announced either the purpose of the visit or the
trip’s agenda. Chavez’ travel plans remain unclear, but it
is likely Chavez will host Ahmadinejad during the Iranian
president’s stay in Venezuela. The local press reports that
Ahmadinejad plans to visit Bolivia on September 27. The
Iranian president’s upcoming visit represents his third such
trip to Venezuela. Chavez has already visited Iran three
times, most recently in a June 30-July 2 visit (Ref. A).

2. (C) A former senior Venezuelan diplomat now associated
with the opposition told Poloff September 19 that the Office
of the Presidency asked the MFA to prepare talking points in
support of Iran against United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) sanctions in preparation for Chavez’ UNGA speech.
Venezuelan diplomats have repeatedly defended Iran’s nuclear
program and criticized UNSC sanctions in meetings with
Embassy officials. (Note: Chavez has yet to confirm his
attendance to the 62nd UNGA. However, U.S. Embassy Caracas
has approved 233 visas for BRV government officials and
technical staff to attend the meeting (Ref B). End Note).

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