CARACAS, Monday November 23, 2009 | Update
The Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) expressed on Monday its "dismay and disappointment" over the new visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Venezuela.
The Jewish association in Venezuela issued a statement warning that Ahmadinejad's trip to Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela gives legitimacy to a regime over which "there are serious doubts about the transparency and legality of its government, since it took office after highly questioned elections," DPA reported.
It warned that Ahmadinejad appointed Ahmad Vahidi, as his new Defense Minister. According to CAIV's statement, Vahidi "has been requested by the International Police (Interpol) in relation to the cowardly terrorist attack in 1994 against the headquarters of Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA-DAIA), where 85 people were killed.
It says that the Iranian nuclear program is apparently aimed at promoting military purposes, and the international community must not remain indifferent.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.