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Chavez, Ahmadinejad pledge to defeat Washington

AGENCIES , TEHRAN

The leaders of Venezuela and Iran boasted that together they would be victorious over the US, saying the fall of the US dollar was a prelude to the end of US dominance in the world.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez paid a visit Monday to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a show of the strength of their friendship, bound by opposition to Washington. The visit came after the firebrand duo tried over the weekend to push OPEC away from trading in the slumping greenback.

The OPEC summit showed the limits of their alliance -- their proposals were overruled by other cartel members, led by Saudi Arabia. But it also showed their potential for stirring up problems for the US and its allies.

The alliance between Chavez and Ahmadinejad has blossomed with several visits -- Monday's was Chavez's fourth time in Tehran in two years -- a string of technical agreements and rhetoric presenting their two countries as an example of how smaller nations can stand up to the superpower.

"Here are two brother countries, united like a single fist," Chavez said upon his arrival in Tehran, according to Venezuela's state-run Bolivarian News Agency.

"God willing, with the fall of the dollar, the deviant US imperialism will fall as soon as possible too," Chavez said after a two-hour closed meeting with Ahmadinejad, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

"We have common viewpoints and we will stand by each other until we capture the high peaks. God is with us and victory is awaiting us," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister said yesterday that Tehran would agree to a US request for a new round of talks on security in Iraq, IRNA reported.

"These negotiations will be held in a near future," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said was quoted as saying.

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