Iran hails Brazil`s consistent policies 2011 / 03 / 13
Iran's Ambassador to Brazil Mohsen Shaterzadeh
Tehran's Ambassador to Brasilia says the Brazilian government's stance on Iran's nuclear issue is consistent with former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's foreign policies.
Mohsen Shaterzadeh said the US and its allies launched an unsuccessful campaign to mar Iran's relations with Brazil when Dilma Rousseff took office in January this year.
“Over the recent months some jealous, menacing sources have -- by fabricating news --tried to create ambiguities in the positive atmosphere of bilateral cooperation between Iran and Brazil,” IRNA quoted Shaterzadeh as saying.
The Iranian ambassador hailed Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota's recent statement regarding Brazil's unchanged stance toward Iran's nuclear issue, namely the Tehran Declaration.
The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed the declaration in Tehran on May 17, 2010. Based on the declaration Iran agreed to ship 1,200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel to power the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.
The US and its European allies, however, snubbed the declaration and used their influence on the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear work.
Earlier this month, Brazilian Ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado hailed the Tehran Declaration and said that Brasilia was ready to increase its cooperation and help resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
He also noted that Iran-Brazil trade is on the rise, saying that bilateral trade reached a record USD 2.2 billion in 2010 and Brazil's imports from Iran increased by fivefold last year
- By Mohsen Shaterzadeh
- English News