Hugo Chavez (left) with Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran today (Fars)
July 30, 2006 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticized U.S. President George W. Bush today during an awards ceremony in Tehran.
According to Chavez, "Bush says that he is in contact with God every day, but the truth is that he has a relationship with the devil."
"No other country has to this extent threatened human nature more than the United States," Chavez added.
Chavez was speaking at a ceremony in which Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad presented him with a medal of honor for his "outstanding efforts against imperialism."
Avoiding International Isolation
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on May 27 (epa)
DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE: As the United States and the European Union increase pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program, Tehran has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious diplomatic offensive, including high-level state visits with countries including China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. In May, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad participated in a high-profile summit of the so-called Developing 8 (D8) group of countries in Bali. Below are some links to RFE/RL's coverage of Iran's efforts to boost international support for its position.