US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in a visit to the Brazilian Congress said the United States would like help from Brazil in dealing with the nuclear proliferation, the Iranian nuclear program and the new situation in Honduras.
Clinton also met with the presidents of the two legislative houses, Michel Temer (PMDB, São Paulo) (Chamber of Deputies) and José Sarney (PMDB, Amapá) (Senate).
As for Iran, Clinton pointed out to Temer and Sarney that Russia, China, England, France and Germany are all in favor of new sanctions because they are all convinced that the recent decision by Tehran to enrich uranium to 20% is part of a plan to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies this.
Mrs Clinton warned that Iran wants nuclear weapons not only to attack Israel, but to exert political pressure over the whole Middle East and especially the Arab nations. She called on Brazil to join the effort to halt the proliferation of nuclear arms, according to José Sarney.
The American secretary also spoke to the leaders of the Congress about Latin America and the need to overcome the conflict in Honduras by bringing an end to its domestic problems, an effort Brazil can and hopefully will be a part of, she told Temer and Sarney.
During her one-day visit to Brazil, Hillary was expected also to meet with president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and sign a series of cooperation agreements.