“Israel, Iran compete for international legitimacy in Brazil”

“Israel, Iran compete for international legitimacy in Brazil”
November 9-12, 2009
     Bradley Brooks writes that visits by the presidents of Israel and Iran, along with a possible visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, are a sign of Brazil’s increasing influence in Middle East diplomacy. Describing Brazil as an “economic powerhouse” with ties to a broad range of countries and a growing role as a moderate voice for poor and leftist states, Brooks argues that Brazil can provide support and credibility for Iran’s government (Associated Press). Joshua Landis argues that Brazil, which has its own enrichment capacity, is concerned that the US will establish precedents for Iran that may limit other states’ enrichment programs (Syria Comment).
     In his address to the Brazilian Congress, Israeli President Shimon Peres called Iran’s policies a “global danger” and urged Brazil to “[speak] out” against “threats of destruction and terror” (Reuters). Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told reporters that talks with “all…political and religious forces that want peace or oppose peace” were necessary to establish peace in the Middle East. Iranian President Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit on November 23 (Associated Press (2)).
Associated Press | Syria Comment | Reuters | Associated Press (2)

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