This week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Latin America, starting this past Sunday in Venezuela and going on to Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, and possibly Guatemala. Why is the trip taking place, and what does it portend? Should U.S. officials be concerned?
Iran is facing increased international isolation, and President Ahmadinejad is using this trip to Latin America to look for support against U.S. and European sanctions and pressures. Ahmadinejad also faces political problems at home, as sanctions exacerbate internal tensions. He hopes the trip will help him at home, by showing that he has international allies, some of them in the backyard of the United States.
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