Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Venezuela on Sunday, his first stop on a four-nation trip to Latin America meant to strengthen ties between Iran and the region.
He arrived about 6:30 p.m. ET, and was met at the airport by Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua.
Ahmadinejad walked off the plane and down a red carpet, flanked by officials in white uniforms, images on state television showed.
It's no coincidence that Venezuela is Ahmadinejad's first stop. Despite their cultural differences, Venezuela and Iran have found significant common ground: both are among the world's top crude oil exporters, and their leaders have become strong allies united by a fierce opposition to what they view as U.S. imperialism.