'On the attack.' Assad (L) and Chavez (archives)
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Chavez to Assad: I hope to visit 'liberated Golan'

During Damascus meeting, Venezuelan president tells Syrian counterpart he backs demand for Israeli withdrawal from disputed region. Assad: Israel continuing calculated killing of Palestinians

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad that Caracas supports Damascus' demand that Israel return the Golan Heights, a Syrian news agency reported Thursday.


During the meeting in Damascus, Chavez said, "I hope the day will come when I will visit the Golan after it is liberated."


Assad accused Israel of "trying to convince the world that it wants peace while the Arab side is opposed to the peace process," adding that the Jewish state is "continuing the calculated killing of Palestinians in Gaza and all the Palestinian territories.


"The process of Judaizing Jerusalem is a racist process that is linked to the racist and fascist laws Israel recently passed," the Syrian leader said in reference to the loyalty oath.


Chavez arrived in Syria on Wednesday from Tehran, where he and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said they are united in efforts to establish a "new world order" that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.


During the meeting in Damascus Chavez said that he and Assad are "on the attack to speed up the fall of the imperialist powers so that we have a new, balanced world." The Syrian president said his country backs Caracas' call to end "western intervention" in the Middle East's affairs.


According to the Syrian news agency, Chavez said, "With the help of millions of leaders, such as the brave leader Assad, we will reach a new world in the next few years and forget about the old world, which is based on oppression."


AP contributed to the report



פרסום ראשון: 10.21.10, 19:46
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