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Why Iran-Brazil friendship has gone cold

April 5, 2012

Via CNN

Brazile\'s new President Dilma Rousseff is less inclined to side with Iran than her predecessor.

After just over a century of amicable relations, Brazil has decided to cool its relationship with Iran.

Gone are the days when Brazil’s leader, President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva (2002-2010), worked hard to strengthen Brazil’s partnership with Iran, defending Iranian interests, sharing and learning from similar policy experiences over cafezinho.

At a time when Brazil has sought every opportunity to engage the international community and increase its influence as a mediator of conflict and peace, why has Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff, refrained from strengthening the government’s ties with Iran?

The answer lies in Rousseff’s personal experiences and geopolitical ambitions.

As someone who experienced human rights violations first hand under Brazil’s military dictatorships (1964-1985), Rousseff has been unwaveringly committed to human rights. She has made it crystal clear that she will not support Iran unless President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seriously addresses this issue.

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