Jan. 12 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ends his visit to Cuba, underscoring the ties between the two nations. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wraps up his trip to Cuba underscoring the ties between Cuba and Iran. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD SAYING: "Relations between Iran and Cuba are very friendly and historic. Really, we are fighting on the same front with the end of defending the people's rights." After meeting with Fidel Castro he said the former leader was quote 'safe and sane' . (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD SAYING: "We've maintained good relations with Commander Fidel Castro. We tried to talk about a lot of issues. It made me very happy to see Fidel safe and sane, and we saw that he follows regional, global and international issues closely and passionately." He also said he and Raul Castro discussed the situation in the Middle East. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD SAYING: "We also talked about current events in the Middle East in a very positive and detailed way-- our positions, versions and interpretations are the same or close. We've been good friends and we will be good friends, together forever. Long live Cuba." Ahmadinejad's Latin American tour, meant to show support for four leftist-led nations -- Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador -- comes amid heightened international tensions. A stand-off over Iran's nuclear activities has hung heavy over Ahmadinejad's Latin American tour. Ahmadinejad's final stop in Latin America will be Ecuador. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.