Hugo Chavez: Political Highlights
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Alliances Half a World Away
Hugo Chavez addressed a town in Sweida, Syria, and held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2009. Venezuela under Chavez's jurisdiction has been supportive of the Assad regime. Newspapers such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that Venezuela has been shipping oil to Syria. Chavez also is a supporter of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.