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Brazil: not crying for Israel

July 28, 2009

‘[Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman, whose visit is aimed at increasing pressure on Iran over its nuclear ambitions, […] asked Brazil to use its influence to help halt Tehran’s nuclear program. “I think that Brazil more than other countries can try to convince Iranians to stop their nuclear program and, of course, to convince the Palestinians to start direct talks,” he said after meeting da Silva, according to the Associated Press.
‘However, [Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso] Amorim indicated that Brazil would not change its stance on Iran’s nuclear program, defending the country’s goal for nuclear development for “exclusively non-military” use within a “verifiable” framework. He also called on all countries to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East. That was considered a swipe at Israel, which is widely considered to possess nuclear arms, although it has never officially confirmed their existence.’

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