Syrian President Visits Lula and Proposes Closer Ties with Brazil

Lula receives Assad in BrasíliaThe president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, on his first-ever tour of Latin America proposed a free trade agreement with Mercosur after meeting in Brazilian capital Brasília with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and giving a conference at the Foreign Ministry seat, the Itamaraty Palace.

In his speech Assad proposed “closer economic ties with Brazil and its Mercosur associates” underlining the importance of links between Damascus and the strong Syrian communities in Brazil and Argentina.

Assad also supported one of Brazil’s main foreign policy goals: “the world needs Brazil in the UN Security Council because it can help establish a new and more just international order”.

Lula countered by stating that Brazil “supports ending the obstacles” preventing Syria’s admission to the World Trade Organization and again offered to mediate in the Middle East.

The Brazilian president backed Syria’s demand that Israel return the Golan Heights it occupied after the Six Day War of 1967, and said Damascus should be included in any peace initiative in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians.

Lula said that Syria “is an indispensable partner in the search for peace” and that “all eyes are looking toward Damascus to find a word of authority and moderation”.

“The conflict transcends regional dimensions” and its resolution “is everyone’s responsibility” the Brazilian leader said. He rejected “the thesis that the Middle East is destined for conflict and that its sons are condemned to live in the irrationality of war”.

“The incident with the humanitarian flotilla, attacked (by Israel) in international waters, shows that now is the time to end the blockade of Gaza,” Lula added.

In keeping with the importance he accorded to Syria in the peace process, Lula expressed to Assad his readiness to participate in negotiations with “all actors” in the conflict, as he had in his latest meetings with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, who recently visited Brazil.

Assad also expressed support for the efforts of Brazil and Turkey to broker a diplomatic solution to the international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. Under a May accord, Iran agreed to send some of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for higher grade nuclear fuel from Russia and France for a medical research reactor.

Assad described the Brazil-Turkey plan, which was rejected when the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Tehran earlier this month, as “fundamental” to any peaceful solution.

Following a bilateral private meeting in Brasília, both leaders signed a series of cooperation agreements on health, education and extradition proceedings.

After sharing lunch with Lula, Assad met with Brazilian lawmakers and traveled to São Paulo in order to engage in various activities with the local Syrian community.

Brasília was the third stop on Assad’s first Latin American tour, a trip that has taken him to Caracas and Havana and conclude on Friday in Buenos Aires.

In Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina the Syrian communities are very strong economically and politically influential. The São Paulo megalopolis is considered the second most populated Syrian city after Damascus.



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  • dnb

    Brazil is being USED to POLARIZE
    I believe everyone that Brazil lies in bed with in the Middle East “president-wise” is a New World Order puppet. Amenejhad of Iran was “created” or “fell into position” to promote and maintain the coming global establishment. As is this Bassar al- Assad. The “GAME” is becoming clearer by the day. It’s the proletariat versus the Elite. And the elite is comprised of all nations and ethnicities of consequence, (bottom line being money)

    It’s a joke to think “Brazil” is defying the will of the “establishment” by engaging with the so called “terrorists”.
    If you don’t believe in what some call “conspiracy THEORIES”, you are either very late or sleeping. .
    Of course there is nothing we can do about it. But at least be aware of what you’re up against.;-)

    At one time I wanted to imagine Brazil didn’t know what she was doing. Maybe she didn’t? And there’s no turning back now. But it’s pretty the money is NOT the only motivating factor here.

    [quote]the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Lula said that Syria “is an indispensable partner in the search for peace” and that “all eyes are looking toward Damascus to find a word of authority and moderation

    There will never be “peace”.. But each of those middle eastern countries have ALREADY chosen a SIDE. Whoever is shaking hands with Brazil is definetly a NWO strategist.

    I mean seriously,, the movie “The Green Zone” with Matt Damon ,on the fact that there were no WMD to be found , had a ton of Arab actors in it. That’s telling in itself. Anything to melt down the U.S as they prop up the NWO.
    You are dumb if you believe the news as it is presented to us.
    Don’t hate the majority of our middle eastern brothers. They are just victims of deception as is the majority of the rest of the world.

    [quote]It is utterly revolting to witness Brasilia – currently dominated by an incompetent opportunist populist “ruler”- become the welcoming center for all tyrannical vermin that infects the planet. [/quote]

    Augustus… Where have you been? 🙂 You clearly don’t get it yet. Or refuse to see it. Those people over there are religiously oppressed. They really don’t have a much of a choice. And just observe what that type of enviroment would breed in general.
    The rulers of many of the countries are hypocrites and are brought and sold all the time to the Western elite. The ruling cleric continue to oppress for their own reasons. And now a few have their own version of Amenejhad and Assad.
    Relax Augustus… 😉 This is all leading to the Anti-God days you look forward to. It’s all foretold… But of course it won’t come without a HUGE price. People just don’t lay down and have “GOD” taken away from them.
    I can’t believe I haven’t quoted ONE scripture. But if you pay close attention ,,, you know what time it is. 😉

  • ch.c.

    Augustus “become the welcoming center for all tyrannical vermin that infects the planet”
    You are right 1’000’000’000 %.
    But who is protecting Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait ?
    I tell you : the big big big country having ONLY TWO political parties.
    A true dictatorship disguised in democracy.
    For sure !

    And is China, so much revered, a democracy ?

  • Dresden

    Just tell Lula…..
    have fun photo-opping with your favorite oppressors….just make sure you stay out of Damascus, Tehran, Pyongyang, …when things get serious and reality comes raining down from above.

  • Carlos Panama

    What next ???
    Good evening,

    Indeed Augustus, Syria, Iran and Libya along with their “very pretty organizations” are there to stay. The feast is only commencing …
    Brazil’s communist PT has deployed the enormous muscle it has around the World with a transparent complicity of other Socialist governments of the region.
    The struggle most unaligned countries contending with the rest of us will continue until Socialism is no longer part of the coat of arms of at least, the Brazilian country.

  • Augustus

    It is utterly revolting to witness Brasilia – currently dominated by an incompetent opportunist populist “ruler”- become the welcoming center for all tyrannical vermin that infects the planet.

    Yet, given the blindness, ignorance, and increasingly radical proclivities of the president and particularly his party (PT), I daresay that I am not surprised by this disturbing state of affairs. After all, given the horrifying credentials of PT’s current presidential candidate (Dilma Rousseff – a former bank robber & kidnapper who committed various criminal acts as a member of a former terrorist socialist cell), one can only expects more and worse of the same drastic events to unfold in Brasilia, in the (horrifying) event the Brazilian people make the serious, grave mistake of electing her to the nation’s presidency….

    For more details on my views on this matter, please access BRAZZIL.COM =

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