Iran to Open 2 Health Clinics in Bolivia

A031430012.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s top diplomat in Bolivia said his country will open two low-cost public health clinics in South America’s poorest nation.

Business attaché Hojjatollah Soltani said Friday that the Islamic Republic plans to use Bolivia as a base for future Red Crescent medical programs across the continent.

He did not offer details or cost figures for the clinics.

Bolivia and Iran have only recently opened diplomatic relations.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged US$1 billion in aid to Bolivia alone during a visit last year.

Bolivian Health Minister Ramiro Tapia said the Iranian clinics will expand on medical aid already provided by Cuba and Venezuela.

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