Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be traveling to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, a U.N. spokesperson confirmed to FOX News.

The Venezuelan leader will also hold a press conference with reporters following his speech on Thursday.

Chavez is among a host of controversial leaders expected to address the U.N. General Assembly, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

A fierce critic of former President George W. Bush, Chavez famously called Bush the "devil" during his 2006 address at the U.N. General Assembly. The Venezuelan president, who is closely allied with Iran, has blasted "progressive" leaders and has called for the fall of the U.S. economy.