Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has flown into Zimbabwe for talks with President Robert Mugabe.
Ahmadinejad, whose government is pursuing a nuclear program despite threats of more United Nations sanctions, was invited by Mugabe to open Zimbabwe's annual trade fair.
Mugabe's opponents have denounced the scheduled talks as a meeting of despots that threaten to further isolate the African state.
In a statement, Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change attacked Ahmadinejad over his record on human rights and other issues, saying, "He has made his reputation as a warmonger, a trampler of human rights, an executioner of those with dissenting voices, and leader of questionable legitimacy."
On April 23, Ahmadinejad is to visit Uganda -- which currently holds a seat on the UN Security Council -- for talks expected to touch on the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
compiled from agency reports