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Bolivia's Morales visits Iran

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  • Bolivian leader to "review issues of mutual interest" with Iran's president
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales has sought to improve ties with Iran
  • Bolivia, Iran "staunchly opposed to U.S. hegemony," Morales says
  • Morales met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi before Iran trip
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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived Monday in Iran on his first official visit to the country, the Iranian Press TV reported.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, greets Bolivia's leader, Evo Morales, on Monday in Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, greets Bolivia's leader, Evo Morales, on Monday in Tehran.

Morales is expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "review issues of mutual interest" between the Islamic republic and the leftist South American nation, according to the national news agency IRNA.

The Bolivian leader arrived in Tehran from Libya, where he met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Morales has described Iran and Bolivia as "two friendly and revolutionary countries," Press TV said. "The two countries are both energy producers and are staunchly opposed to U.S. hegemony."

Morales, a former labor organizer and the country's first indigenous president, was elected in 2005.

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