Shimon Peres, Mahmud Abbas, Hugo Chavez eye Argentina visits

BUENOS AIRES - Presidents Shimon Peres of Israel, Mahmud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela all will pay visits to Argentina this month to meet with President Cristina Kirchner, officials said Sunday.
Chavez will be in Argentina for two days from November 12, and was due to meet with Kirchner as part of bilateral presidential-level talks they hold every four months. He is likely to visit the northern Argentine province of Entre Rios, the source said.

Shimon Peres, Mahmud Abbas, Hugo Chavez eye Argentina visits
The Israeli president was due to visit Argentina November 16 with a delegation of Israeli businessmen, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Gazit said.
Peres and Kirchner will discuss the "conflict in the Middle East" and address "Iran's growing influence (in Latin America) and its hate-filled ideology and intention to obtain nuclear arms," the diplomat said.
Argentina has the largest Jewish community in South America at some 300,000, and Peres will be the first Israeli president to visit Argentina.
Abbas in turn was due to visit Argentina November 23, the source added.
Gazit said Peres also would visit Brazil where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was to pay an official visit November 23.
Chavez is on the short list of leaders who support Iran's nuclear program.

Monday, November 2nd 2009

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