President and delegation of the breakaway region of South Ossetia visited Venezuela last week. Venezuela is one of the 4 countries who recognized South Ossetia’s and Abkhazia’s (another Georgia’s breakaway region) independence after the war in August 2008.
While staying in Caracas, South Ossetia’s President Eduard Kokoity met legendary football player Diego Maradona, who is the current coach of Argentina’s national football team. According to OSinform Not only they did shake each other’s hands but Kokoity invited Maradona to visit South Ossetia. The same information agency claims that Maradona happily accepted the invitation, but it is unknown if he will really visit and when.
It has to be noted that Maradona has visited Georgia in October 2008, where he participated in a friendly match between former stars of Argentinian and Georgian national football teams. He left the country disappointed because due to a high ticket price half of the stadium was empty.
Here are some pictures of Maradona and Kokoity posing for photographers: