TEHRAN – The Tehran Times reported today that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Brazil during his tour of Latin American countries. The exact date of the visit was not released.
This will be Ahmadinejad’s second official visit to Brazil and the first since Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as president in January 2011.
The Iranian report noted that relations between Tehran and Brasilia expanded during the presidency of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Agencia Brasil reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to come to Brazil to thank President Dilma Rousseff personally for the support Brazil has provided Iran regarding its right to develop nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes.
Agencia Brasil also reported that Ahmadinejad will visit Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba with which Iran maintains close diplomatic and political relationships.
On January 19th, Iran’s ambassador to Brazil announced that Ahmadinejad would visit Brazil in 2012 but no date was given and the visit was not confirmed by the Foreign Ministry.