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Ahmadinejad 'in perfect health' after emergency landing

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pictured in February. Credit: ABACA

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been forced to make an emergency landing in a mountainous region north of Tehran but no one on board was hurt, the president's website said.

Ahmadinejad had been on his way to a ceremony to inaugurate a road tunnel, the website said.

"The helicopter carrying Dr. Ahmadinejad and some executive officials accompanying him had an accident in the Alborz mountains this morning ... the pilot managed to land the helicopter with complete skill," it said.

"The president and his entourage are right now in perfect health," said the report, which gave no details as to the nature of the accident.

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Iranian President kisses Hugo Chavez's coffin

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped twice to kiss the coffin of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez during today's funeral.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kisses the coffin
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kisses the coffin Credit: Reuters/VTV

Ahmadinejad is one of some 30 heads of state who are attending the funeral.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to the other guests at the funeral
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to the other guests at the funeral Credit: Reuters/VTV

Ahmadinejad praises 'dear friend' Hugo Chavez ahead of funeral

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Caracas for the funeral of Hugo Chavez
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Caracas for the funeral of Hugo Chavez Credit: RTV

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Caracas for funeral of ally and 'close friend' President Hugo Chavez.

Speaking to reporters President Ahmadinejad said;

"He was a dear friend to all the countries of the world. To us, President's Chavez loss is very painful because we've lost a friend, a close friend and a revolutionary and just leader. To me, he had a big personality and a very close friend and brother. I feel like I lost myself."

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Caracas for the funeral of Hugo Chaves
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez pictured together during a previous trip to Caracas Credit: RTV

"He was a great man with very big, humane dreams. I express my solidarity with the people of Venezuela, with all of the people of Latin America and with all the countries of the world. And we promise to realize and materialize his ideas which were so valuable.

"I am certain God will help us and the spirit of President Chavez will be watching us and will help us from the heavens."

Ahmadinejad: 'Chavez will return on resurrection day'

The Guardian have quoted Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as saying that Hugo Chávez would "return on resurrection day".

Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a joint petrochemical plant in the Asaluyeh industrial zone in Venezuela's Gulf coast
Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a joint petrochemical plant in the Asaluyeh industrial zone in Venezuela's Gulf coast Credit: Alimadi/ABACA/Press Association Images

Going on to add that he was in, "no doubt that Chávez will return to Earth" together with Jesus and Imam Mahdi, the most revered figure among Shia Muslims, to, "establish peace, justice and kindness" in the world.

Announcing a day of mourning, Ahmadinejad is reported to have said that he believed something was "suspicious" about the cause of Chávez's cancer.

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