Press TV - November 24, 2009 00:21:04 GMT
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L)
Iran and Brazil signed eight cooperation deals in Brasilia on Monday after talks between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
On the second leg of his five-nation tour of South America and Africa, Ahmadinejad arrived in Brazil on Monday with the goal of strengthening ties between the two countries.
The new deals will pave the way for Iran and Brazil to enhance their cooperation in the areas of commerce, energy, and agricultural research and to lift the visa regime between the two countries.
After Ahmadinejad's arrival, the Brazilian president expressed support for Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear energy and called for a “just solution” to be found in the dispute between Iran and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Lula stated that Brazil backed Iran's plans to make use of “peaceful nuclear energy, in full respect of international accords.”
He also advised Iran to “continue contacts with interested countries to find a just solution to the nuclear issue.”
Brazil has repeatedly voiced its support for Iran's nuclear program and has always opposed calls to impose sanctions on the country.
Ahmadinejad was in Gambia on Sunday.
After his one-day visit to Brazil, the Iranian president will travel to Venezuela, Bolivia, and Senegal.