Last week, several Jewish organizations across the South America, urged Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff not to meet with Dr. Ahmadinejad during the two-day Rio+20 Summit which concluded on Thursday.
Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, started a two-day visit to Brazil Wednesday morning. He met with the former Brazilian President Lula Da Silva on the sideline of Rio+20 Summit on Wednesday. Da Silva for his part praised the Iranian president’s speech at the summit, and approved of Tehran’s position on various international issues.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in his address at the summit said:”If human beings are defined as rivals or enemies in the exploitation of the environment and its resources the situation will remain as it was over the past centuries“.
On his way to Brazil, President Ahmadinejad made a stop-over in Bolivia on Tuesday. At the La Paz international airport, he was received by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
President Ahmadinejad and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon also held a meeting on the sidelines of Rio+20 summit. Ahmadinejad told Ki-Moon that Tehran has never sought to build nuclear weapons and has always called for cordial relations among nations and governments. The UN chief, for his part, praised Iran’s significant role in regional and international developments and said Tehran plays a considerable role in various global issues.
Iran has held meetings with P6+1 (US, Britain, France, Israel, China and Russia + Germany), in recent months, in Turkey, Iraq and Russia. However, the US sabotaged all negotiations by pushing Israeli demands on the table.