Agence France-Presse/Business Recorder, 10/15/2012
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday told Brazil’s foreign minister his country should boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the future, Peres’s office said. “We expect Brazil to boycott future meetings with Ahmadinejad,” Peres was quoted as saying to visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in a statement.
In 2010 Brazil’s then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Ahmadinejad and helped broker a nuclear trade-off under which Iran would deposit a significant part of its low-enriched uranium stocks in Turkey in return for nuclear fuel enriched to a level sufficient for medical use, but not enough for military ends.
Israel at the time criticised the deal as liable to “radically complicate” sanctions efforts against Iran “When we met in 2010 I told former president Lula that it was a mistake to sit and talk with Ahmadinejad, a leader that threatens the destruction of a people, a leader that denies the Holocaust and a leader that funds international terrorism,” Peres told Patriota.