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

    Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    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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    • Double-Dot

      Can any of you explain why that Kraut harridan is threatening to slap the face of the President of Brazil? I have been warning our Brazilian friends not to trust the Krauts,Frogs or Limeys, but they never listen to my advice.

      God bless America and our Brazilian allies.

    • Nicholas usa_male

      trying to be fair
      Zico typed: Surely Lula heard of WWII, the war America won to save Europe and the world.

      Well, let me say: I hope for him, since he’s coming over as a (crying) patriot, that he knows about WW2.
      But do you know that Brazil also helped (with help from America of course) in the war against the axes of powers in Italy? The sad but also good part is, that I have been taught by my Brazilian friends and on the internet, youtube. Not at school..and I went to Private school.
      America won, but not alone. Is Brazil going to help us today if we go to war against Iran? I doubt that. It wouldn’t mind if America wipes out the crazy Mullahs in Tehran, but I certainly have more questions if we go to war. One famous is, do we have the money? I’m sure we all know the asnwer so far, what I hope will change for the best.

    • Nicholas usa_male

      Zico typed: How in the world do you manage to connect Old Europe to Donald Rumsfeld?

      Zico, have you forgotten that those words are Mr. Rumsfeld own words he expressed to his other enemy, the liberal media. To be fair, that was stupid and it ruined the whole relationship with our greatest alies at the time we needed them the most for the war in Iraq, and other wars on terror. Another “intelligent” and famously quote he made was: “you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time”. Good lord. Bush did the right thing by firing him years later, but way to late. Lula is a die hard socialist who cares about business and power. Some leaders might not take Mr. President Lula very serious when it comes to Iran, but more important, nobody is taking Mr. Obama serious, what actually should happen. President Obama is the man who still has no clear answer what to do with Iran. Forget about Lula, but what Obama doing is the most troubling subject in the whole Iran debacle. Zico, you also live in the states, don’t be fooled that here, they, majority of our politicians, mainly DEMS and some lost GOP members who suppose to represent us are also pushing and spending the country into a banana republic status. that’s not just some anti democrat or obama the big liberal spender rhetoric, it’s reality. though I agree with you, Lula’s big mouth comes over like a ruler of banana republic.

      Joao, thanks for sharing the picture. Here I haven’t seen the picture in the newpaper, nor seen on T.V, to bad neither on my favorite and more reliable news channel, fox news. Now I’ve seen the picture of Lula and Merkel, I understand why she doesn’t look nervous, but more irritated. but than I have for Zico a question, if Lula is not so important, why does Merkel looks so irritated on the picture? If he were not that important, Merkel could easly smile, but that’s not the case. Looks like it does matter what Mr big mouth says. I think, I’m not sure, Perhaps she expected some kind of words out of Lula big mouth that would help her against Iran, rather than being deeply dissappoined, again, because she’s also one of the leaders that understands that El Presidente Obama, the most powerful man on earth (actually coming more over as the powerful apologizer of how bad america behaved) is nothing more than empty politician.

    • Zico

      Brilliant forum for Lula to put his foot in his mouth yet again!
      Surely Lula heard of WWII, the war America won to save Europe and the world.

      Prior to WWII, the world was very patient with Hitler, as Lula suggests it now be with Iran. Germany (#4) and France (#5) are countries double the size of Brazil’s economy. In Europe, I think they have the right to say what they want and not worry about Mr. Banana Republic Lula. Just another example of how Lula (and thus Brazil) are not taken seriously on the world stage.

      Joao da Silva: How in the world do you manage to connect Old Europe to Donald Rumsfeld? How very ChÀƒ©! But I’m sure “Old Europe” would prefer someone like Donald Rmsfeld to the boy in the White House and the smelly cachaceiro Lula.

    • João da Silva

      usa_male
      [quote]Another reason can be that she’s not really in the mood to spend money in a war against Iran, if that will happen.[/quote]

      Nor is she in a mood to listen to LulaÀ‚´s friendly advice, as you can see from this picture!

      [img]http://www.estadao.com.br/estadaodehoje/20091204/img/9.1.imagem_merkellula.jpg[/img]

    • Nicholas usa_male

      Perhaps miss Angela Merckel behaved paranoid because her nation still does business direct and indirect with Iran and is also feeling the heat. Another reason can be that she’s not really in the mood to spend money in a war against Iran, if that will happen. Sarko, isn’t the emperor of Europe? 😉

    • João da Silva

      [quote]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.[/quote]

      I watched this news on the TV. It was a good response by Lula to the grouchy old “Solteirona”, Angela Merckel. Man, that woman sounds as paranoiac as the other “leaders” of Europe. What exactly do the Germans and the French want? Both Angela & Sarko represent the “Old Europe” of Rummy Dumbsfeld! They want to dictate terms to a “Torneiro MecÀƒ¢nico” and a “Criolo” that were elected by the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere? It is time to remind Sarko that he is not the reincarnation of Napoleon and teach Anglea some good manners, while dealing with the Brasilians (and the Americans).

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