‘TOUR OF TYRANTS’
The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is warning that Iran will try to expand its influence in Latin America with the Iranian president’s visit to communist and socialist nations in the region next month.
“Iran has been actively working for years to expand its ties and influences in the Western Hemisphere, and it has found willing partners in the region’s anti-American despots,” the Florida Republican said this week.
She warned that Iranian activity in the Caribbean and in Central and South America “threatens regional security and stability.”
The Iranian leader next will attend the inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, whose re-election was criticized by independent election observers as deeply flawed.
He will finish his four-day trip with stops in communist Cuba to visit President Raul Castro and in Ecuador, where socialist President Rafael Correa has launched a “new era of widespread repression,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“The partnerships between the Iranian regime and the Castro, Chavez, Ortega and Correa dictatorships include defense cooperation and economic pacts and various other schemes designed to increase their power and harm America,” Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen said.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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