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SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Iran plans to set up a television network and has signed joint projects worth $1 billion with Bolivia — efforts that reflect a growing relationship between the two energy-rich nations that share a common hostility to the United States.
Iranian diplomat Hojatollah Soltani, who arrived last month to open an Iranian embassy in the capital, La Paz, told the La Prensa newspaper that Iran’s state-run network, Radio and Television of Iran, would install at least three TV channels in Bolivia.
They would interface with Venezuela’s international television service, Telesur, which is beamed via satellite throughout Latin America.
Bolivian President Evo Morales attaches great importance to his nation’s budding relationship with the Islamic republic.
Iranian efforts, he added, would “support the peasant struggle in Latin America.”
Relations between the U.S. and Bolivia have deteriorated in recent months over charges that U.S. diplomats asked incoming Peace Corps volunteers to watch for Cubans and Venezuelans working with peasant communities and report their whereabouts and activities to the U.S. Embassy.
American diplomat Vincent Cooper was expelled as a result.
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