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Brazilian President to visit Tehran 27, March 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Iran.
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The Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva will visit Iran in mid May. Uskowi quotes Lula stating that he’s going to Iran to tell President Ahmadinejad

I am against you building nuclear weapons, but I am in favour of you enriching uranium like Brazil does, to produce nuclear energy.

Why, exactly, Ahmadinejad will care what the Brazilian President says is unclear. Iran has close links with Venezuela, yet these are based on gas and on their mutual anti-American stance. Neither of these commonalities applies in the Brazilian case.

Lula has made it clear in recent years that he seeks a more prominent role in world affairs commensurate with Brazil’s size. There’s no better place to start than Tehran. Perhaps this is Lula placing himself cleverly as a ‘honest broker’ between the two countries, with good relations with both but a significant stake in neither.