TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he welcomed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's invitation for closer ties between the nations.
Chavez -- who is in Iran for talks with Ahmadinejad -- invited Iran to join a Latin American initiative that would counter efforts by the United States to forge a free-trade pact in the region, El Universal newspaper reported Monday.
The proposed anti-U.S. trade pact for Latin America is headed up by Venezuela and Cuba.
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