Venezuela says Iranian leader's visit postponed

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 10:15 PM EDT

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, speaks during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister says a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the South American country has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro says the Iranian leader had been scheduled to be in Venezuela on Saturday but both governments decided to postpone the visit.

Maduro isn't saying what prompted the decision. He says the two governments will wait for President Hugo Chavez's full recovery from cancer treatment before rescheduling. Chavez has just returned to Venezuela after a fourth round of chemotherapy in Cuba.

Maduro made the announcement at a Friday night meeting with Iranian officials where they signed accords for joint projects in housing, agriculture and other areas.