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Print Story: Iran slams US as it welcomes Nicaragua's Ortega on Yahoo! News

Print Story: Iran slams US as it welcomes Nicaragua's Ortega on Yahoo! News: "Iran slams US as it welcomes Nicaragua's Ortega

by Hiedeh FarmaniSun Jun 10, 1:39 PM ET

Iran's leaders on Sunday held talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, emphasising a shared distrust of the United States as Tehran seeks to bolster ties with US critics in Latin America.

Ortega, a Cold War foe of the United States, was welcomed personally at Tehran's Mehrabad airport by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an unusual step indicating the increasingly warm ties between the two nations.

Ahmadinejad visited Managua in January shortly before Ortega's swearing-in as president, and the two leaders announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies in their respective capitals.

'We will work together to put in place a world order based on peace and justice,' Ahmadinejad told reporters at the airport, reprising one of his favourite themes.

'The two peoples have great capacities to put at each other's disposal on the way to independence and freedom,' he added, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Ortega is the former Marxist leader of the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front that ousted US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979 and battled US-financed Contra rebels throughout the 1980s."

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