Makes me wonder how much money is actually changing hands between those two:
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged his Iranian counterpart on Monday to engage in dialogue on nuclear non-proliferation but backed Iran’s right to develop a peaceful nuclear program.
Ignoring critics who fear closer ties with Iran could dent Brazil’s ambitions on the global diplomatic stage, Lula met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Brasilia on the first leg of the Iranian leader’s South American tour, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Venezuela.
Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – whom US President Barack Obama called ‘the most popular politician on earth’ – hosted Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today. It is the first visit by an Iranian president. Let’s talk money:
But in Brazil, the Iranian leader will get a reprieve from Western threats of sanctions. With Lula, Ahmadinejad – and his entourage of businessmen – will discuss opportunities to increase and diversify commerce as well as boost cooperation in nanotechnology, biotechnology, agriculture, and energy, according Brazil’s Foreign Ministry. An Iranian deputy foreign minister said that Tehran hopes to increase trade with Brazil from $2 billion to $15 billion in the field of petrochemicals, agriculture, and medicine, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But Ahmadinejad’s looking for more than trade:
Here’s Ahmadinejad’s Brazilian TV interview (in Portuguese), where he said,
“The world needs a new economic order. Iran and Brazil have independent positions in relation to the international situation. … The two can work together to help create a new international order.”
Simon Peres says Brazil can help curb Iran. That remains to be seen.