With Iran World Needs Patience Not Pressure, Says Brazil’s Lula in Germany

Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ten days after the visit the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, paid Brazil, the Brazilian Foreign Relations minister, Celso Amorim, has returned the call going to Isfahan, Iran's third largest city, about 210 miles from capital Teheran.

The intention was to give continuity to matters discussed in Brasí­lia between Ahmadinejad and Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Brazil doesn't seem worried about all the negative reaction to the trip and is intent on going ahead in several fields including the controversial nuclear energy program developed by the Iranian government.

Amorim arrived in Iran by way of Geneva, in Switzerland, where the minister took part in a World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations round. The Brazilian chancellor spent this Thursday in meetings with Ahmadinejad and the minister of Foreign Affairs, Manouchehr Mottaki.

Amorim stayed less than 24 hours in Iranian soil. Iran's president's visit to Brazil also lasted less than 24 hours.

While Amorim was talking to Ahmadinejad, president Lula, from Germany, made an appeal to the international community so that the world would keep negotiating with Iran. Lula's call came in response to a statement by German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who said the world leaders might lose their patience with the Iranian government due to its positions.

"The best and cheapest way is for us to believe in negotiations and have lots of  patience. I think that to deal with Iran as if it were an insignificant country, increasing the pressure every day,  might not turn out to be a good thing. We need to increase the level of patience to increase the level of conversation with Iran," said Lula.

Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil caused controversies since the Iranian leader called Lula "my friend" and the Brazilian president supported the right of Iranians to develop his nuclear program as long as it were for peaceful purposes. The president of Iran assured that his country's uranium enrichment plants don't have military aims.

However, on November 27, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved a resolution reproaching the Iranian nuclear program for building a uranium enrichment plant suspected of having military purposes.

The plants belonging to Iran's nuclear program have already been subjected to several inspections.  Still the Iranian government is charged with hiding research development and the production of nuclear weapons.

In Brazil, Ahmadinejad denied the charges and blamed the US and other rich countries for spreading lies about his government's nuclear intentions.

 ABr

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