Nicaraguans Cheer Ortega & Ahmadinejad During Slum Tour
Ortega and Ahmadinejad agreed that they share common enemies during Ahmadinejad’s stop in Nicaragua:
MANAGUA (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a U.S. foe, toured shantytowns with Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega on Sunday and said the two countries share common interests and enemies.
Ortega drove Ahmadinejad on a tour of Managua’s poorest slums, past houses made of plastic sheets and Sandinista supporters waving banners and holding up photographs of the Iranian leader.
Ortega said he would sign agreements with Ahmadinejad to help reduce poverty in Nicaragua, the Western Hemisphere’s second-poorest country after Haiti. He gave no details.
“In our Iranian brothers we have a people, a government, a president willing to join with the Nicaraguan people in the great battle against poverty,” Ortega said.
The two decided to sign a pact to reduce poverty but did not explain how they would do this.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, right, accompanied with Nicaraguan children wave during a visit to the ‘Cuba Libre’ neighborhood in Managua, Sunday, Jan, 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)