Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Venezuela on the third leg of his tour of South America to boost ties.
He is set to sign business and industrial accords with his close ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Mr Chavez, who has said he wants to develop nuclear energy, has backed Iran’s right to a nuclear programme.
The Iranian leader arrived from Bolivia where he and President Evo Morales stressed the right of all nations to a peaceful nuclear programme.
President Ahmadinejad was assured of a warm welcome from his Venezuelan host, Hugo Chavez.