Ahmadinejad meets Lula in Brazil

November 24, 2009

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Brazil on Monday for a one-day visit and met Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

It is the first visit by an Iranian president to Brazil and has drawn criticism from the West.
Ahmadinejad is accompanied by a delegation of Iranian business leaders.
Brazil backs Iran’s right to a peaceful nuclear program. And Brazilian officials say talking to Iran is more likely to lead to progress on the nuclear issue and Middle East peace than trying to isolate it.
Ahmadinejad was scheduled to sign trade deals with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before visiting Congress and speaking at a university in Brasilia.
Ahmadinejad’s five-nation tour of Africa and South America also includes trips to Venezuela and Bolivia.
The Iranian president visited Gambia on Sunday.
There he met with Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.
During the meeting, Ahmadinejad said the two countries enjoy brotherly relations and Iran is determined to expand its relations and increase its cooperation with Gambia.
He also said the two nations believe that the international order should be revised.
Ahmadinejad stated that several significant agreements were reached in the talks with the Gambian president.
The Gambian president said the Islamic Republic of Iran and Gambia have long enjoyed close relations and called for increased cooperation between the two countries.
He went on to say that the Islamic world faces numerous challenges, and therefore Muslim countries should increase their cooperation in international organizations.
The Iranian president will also pay a short visit to Senegal on his way home