Colonel Qaddafi proposed an African-Latin American defence alliance yesterday at an intercontinental summit hosted by Venezuela.

At the South America-Africa summit on Isla Margarita in Venezuela, the Libyan leader joined the host, President Chavez, in calling for an "anti-imperialist" front across Africa and Latin America.

President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and President Zuma of South Africa were among almost 30 leaders from across the two continents present as Chavez sought to promote his socialist policies abroad, urging a new world order that would confront Western dominance.

"The world's powers want to continue to hold on to their power," said Qaddafi, who had a white limousine flown to Venezuela to meet him at the airport. He then met Chavez in his trademark Beduin tent by a hotel pool. "Now we have to fight to build our own power," he said.

The leaders were to agree a range of joint projects in areas including energy, mining and agriculture, with Qaddafi, in particular, expected to sign several accords with Chavez.

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