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Syrian leader sends message to Venezuela's Chavez

A senior Syrian diplomat visited Venezuela on Tuesday bringing a private message to President Hugo Chavez from his ally Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

 

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al Mokdad didn't give details about Assad's message to Chavez, saying only that it deals with relations between the two leaders. Chavez has been a vocal defender of Assad, and has accused the US and its allies of provoking violence during the conflict in Syria to try to topple its government. (AP)