Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Caracas for funeral of President Hugo Chavez. Speaking to reporters in Caracas, Ahmadinejad said Chavez was “a very close friend and brother.”
“He was a dear friend to all the countries of the world. To us, President's Chavez loss is very painful because we've lost a friend, a close friend and a revolutionary and just leader. To me, he had a big personality and a very close friend and brother. I feel like I lost myself,” Ahmadinejad said. “I am certain God will help us and the spirit of President Chavez will be watching us and will help us from the heavens.” (RTV, 8 March)
The funeral ceremony will be held at Caracas military academy at 1530 GMT (1030 EST).
Photo credit: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Caracas for the funeral of Hugo Chavez (RTV)