On tour with Chavez and Ahmadinejad

By Jon Leyne
BBC News, Tehran


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Iran.

The two presidents revel in anti-Western rhetoric

It was the helicopters that fooled us. We had waited for two hours in the blazing heat of Iran’s Gulf coast for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to arrive.


So when two helicopters landed in a cloud of dust and sand, all us journalists and cameramen naturally assumed – or hoped – that the two leaders had finally arrived.


But these two are not ordinary presidents. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez are self-declared “revolutionaries”, united both by their contempt for the United States and by their concern, they insist, for the ordinary people of their own countries.

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