Coup plotters wanted to pull Venezuela out of OPEC
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2002
TEHRAN, April 20 (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has told President Mohammad Khatami that a recent coup attempt was also a bid to pull Caracas out of OPEC, Iranian radio reported Saturday.
Khatami congratulated Chavez on his return to power after the failed coup attempt: "We were confident that the Venezuelan people would triumph and we hope that your government will be able to carry out its objectives with the help of your people," Khatami told Chavez in a phone call, the radio here quoted the Iranian leader as saying
The Iranian government expressed its happiness at the "victory of democracy", it added. MORE