Ahmadinejad welcomes Lula da Silva
Sun, 16 May 2010 08:54:20 GMT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has officially welcomed his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the capital of Tehran ahead of the G15 summit.
President Lula arrived in Tehran, accompanied by a 300-member delegation -- including five Brazilian cabinet ministers -- to attend the Group of 15 summit on Monday.
The Brazilian president is expected to meet with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during his visit.
According to IRNA, Brazilian and Iranian officials signed eleven memorandums of understanding on Sunday to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, agriculture, and industry.
Brazil, a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has been making efforts to break the deadlock over Iran's nuclear program and help reach an agreement on a fuel swap deal.
The G15 is made up of countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America with a common goal of economic growth.
Earlier on Saturday, foreign ministers from the group of 15 met to discuss measures to tackle the global economic crisis.
(CNN) -- Brazil's president began talks Sunday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, state media reported, with international leaders saying they hoped the meeting could lead to a breakthrough in the showdown over Iran's nuclear program.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) made no mention of the nuclear issue in reporting that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sitting down with Ahmadinejad.
But France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia both said earlier they backed Lula's efforts to resolve the long-running, high-stakes stalemate.
"I am very much counting on the mission of the Brazilian president to be successful," Medvedev said Friday.
"This could be the last chance before the U.N. Security Council makes the already known decisions," Medvedev said, referring to the U.N. decision on imposing sanctions against Iran.
Sarkozy said earlier that he had spoken with Lula by phone to assure him of Paris's support for his efforts to resolve the impasse.
The United States and many other countries believe that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
Brazil's president is in Iran ahead of the Group of 15 developing nations meeting in Tehran. The group actually has 17 members -- Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
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Iran, Brazil aim for change in world order
Sun, 16 May 2010 14:09:18 GMT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Brazilian counterpart have vowed to boost relations in a bid to make reforms in the current "world structures."
President Ahmadinejad said strong relations between Tehran and Brasilia could set an example for all independent nations to change the current "unfair world order."
"The truth is some countries which dominate the world's media as well as economic and political centers do not want other countries to progress. But together we can overcome these unfair conditions and make changes," IRNA quoted him as saying.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva arrived in Tehran earlier Sunday to attend a summit of the Group of 15 on Monday.
President Ahmadinejad and Lula said the two countries aim to increase bilateral trade to $10 billion.
The Iranian president further hailed Brazil for its support of the rights of Iranians.
Brazil, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has stepped up efforts to end a standoff between Iran and the West over the country's nuclear program.
Tehran has welcomed Brasilia's mediation efforts, saying the stance of independent countries such as Brazil and Turkey in finding a diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue.
Lula, for his part, said there were "many people" who are not happy about Iran-Brazil relations. He stressed that the two countries should be careful about those who are plotting to hamper bilateral relations.
Iran has stressed that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) it has the right to enrich uranium and that it has accepted a proposed nuclear fuel swap offer as a confidence-building measure.
The West, however, has so far failed to accept Iran's demand for guarantees on the timely delivery of the fuel.
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