Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: ‘Chavez was the messiah’
March 7, 2013
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared a day of national mourning for the death of Chavez, making it the first non-Muslim personality to will be remembered in this way since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in 1979.
The presidents of Iran and Venezuela maintained close relationships for eight years, both in their countries visited a dozen times, and always supported Chavez to Tehran on different issues within international organizations, including the Iranian nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad has already invested billions of dollars in Venezuela. In 2007, they established a fund of 2,000 million dollars to support their joint projects, including one to help countries ‘anti-imperialist’ in Latin America.
In 2010, relations between the two countries caused the U.S. government accused Caracas of helping the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to infiltrate America, but Venezuela denied.
President Ahmadinejad said Chavez, when he learned of his death: “He is a martyr to some day return to this world together with Christ and Mahdi, the Shiite redeemer.”
Iranian Shiite Muslims believe that the promised Mahdi will return to save the world accompanied by 313 individuals whose ‘pure devotion’ makes them the holiest among the holy.
For Ahmadinejad, the late president of Venezuela will be even “more sacred than the vast majority of the prophets of Allah, according to the beliefs of Shi’ite Iran, totaling 124,000.”
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