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Libya | Chronicle of a close relationship

Chávez: "Gaddafi is for Libya what Bolívar is for us"

President Chávez has visited Libya five times

Muammar Gaddafi bought handicraft during his visit to Margarita Island in September 2009 (Photo: AP)
Friday October 21, 2011  03:10 PM

President Hugo Chávez had a close relationship with the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who is now on the headlines.

In September 2009, on the occasion of the Africa-South America Summit held on Margarita Island, the Libyan leader was a special guest, and Chávez decorated Gaddafi and presented him with a replica of a sword used by Venezuelan independence hero Simón Bolívar.

In his address, which was aired on radio and TV, Chávez highlighted that "Gaddafi is for Libya what Bolívar is for us, ."

Gaddafi gave Chávez a saddle. "It was made especially for you, President," the Libyan strongman said at the time the Venezuelan president received the gift.

Gaddafi's visit to Margarita Island also was known for putting up a tent in the pool area of the former Margarita Hilton Hotel. There, the late Libyan president received, among other leaders, President Hugo Chávez.

President Chávez has visited Libya five times. In 2006, during a tour of the Arab countries, the Venezuelan president visited Tripoli days after Gaddafi had announced the normalization of relations between Tripoli and Washington, after 30 years of severed ties.

Years later, during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Gaddafi as the strongman of Libya, the Venezuelan Head of State declared: Venezuela and Libya "...have the same fate, the same battle against a common enemy and we will win."

Compiled by Alicia De La Rosa

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