Ahmadinejad (left) with Hugo Chavez in Tehran in July 2006 (epa)
January 10, 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is scheduled on January 12 to start a four-day tour of Latin America.
The trip will include talks with the presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.
The tour is seen by some in the West as a bid to secure Iran's alliances with fellow critics of U.S. policies.
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.