Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez laugh together.
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Chavez welcomes Ahmadinejad in Venezuela

10 January 2012 Last updated at 00:08 GMT

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez mounted a typically fiery defence of his ally the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as the two leaders met in Caracas.

President Ahmadinejad was in Venezuela on the first leg of a four nation tour to shore up international support for Iran, as the recently-expanded economic sanctions take affect against the country's nuclear programme.

The BBC's Sarah Grainger spoke to BBC World from Caracas.