Latin America

Ideology and trade pose Iran dilemma for Bolsonaro government

Brazil and Argentina have traditionally held close trade relationships with Iran, regardless of who is in power. Bolsonaro's foreign policy could put this at risk

Ideology and trade pose Iran dilemma for Bolsonaro government
Man passing under a towel shaped like a U.S. Dollar bill in the Isfahan bazar. Photo: BalkansCat/Shutterstock

A week after a U.S. drone attack killed Iran’s top military official, General Qassim Suleiman, in Baghdad, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took to Twitter to post a picture of his political nemesis, former President Lula da Silva, next to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran from 2005 to 2013. The picture came with a quote from the Brazilian Constitution, which states that “Brazil defends peace and repudiates terrorism.” 

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