Iran supports presence of Brazil to find peace in Middle East
www.chinaview.cn 2009-11-24 05:37:15   Print

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) talks with Brazil's Senate President Jose Sarney (R) and Lower House President Michel Temer in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, Nov. 23, 2009. Ahmadinejad is on a one day official visit to Brazil which is the first for Iranian president in 50 years. (Xinhua/Radiobras)
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    BRASILIA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday after meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Incio Lula da Silva that he supports the presence of Brazil in Asia and Middle East because "it can help promote peace and stability."

    The leaders met on Monday at the Itamaraty Palace, the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, as part of the Iranian president's tour in Latin America, which will also take him to Bolivia and Venezuela.

    In a press statement, Ahmadinejad said that Iran and Brazil are two important countries located in "sensitive" areas, which share a foreign policy guided by a humanitarian perspective.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) shakes hands with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a entrepreneur forum in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, Nov. 23, 2009. Ahmadinejad is on a one day official visit to Brazil which is the first for Iranian president in 50 years. (Xinhua/Radiobras)
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    The world today faces formidable challenges, he said, denouncing the proliferation of injustice and political fallacies, with humiliation and occupation of nations and "countries that want to continue their supremacy in the world."

    He also criticized the "capitalist system (that) with the crisis faced an impasse and no longer responds to the needs of nations."

    He said the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) failed in the past 60 years in ensuring the world peace and must be reformed.

    In that context, he expressed Iran's support to Brazilian claim for a permanent seat on the Security Council.

    "The system that emerged from World War II and was the genesis of many disorders of the modern world came to an end. We need a new model," he said.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L, front) meets with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R, front) in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, Nov. 23, 2009. Ahmadinejad is on a one day official visit to Brazil which is the first for Iranian president in 50 years. (Xinhua/Radiobras)
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    Regarding the controversy over Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad reaffirmed that its purposes are purely peaceful and that his country opposes the existence of weapons of mass destruction.

    President Lula da Silva, meanwhile, defended Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear technology, and pleaded for a Middle East without nuclear weapons.

    Ahmadinejad's visit happens two weeks after the Israeli President Shimon Peres had been in Brasilia, and a few days after a visit of the leader of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who met with Da Silva on Thursday in Salvador da Bahia, north-eastern Brazil.

    The three visitors welcomed Brazil in peace negotiations. The Brazilian president will visit Israel, Palestine and Jordan in March and Iran in April or May 2010. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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