Change in foreign policy likely after Lula steps down
scotsman / Raymond Colitt
18-Sep-2010 (2 comments)

Brazil is likely to tone down its brash foreign policy of recent years after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva steps down, raising the prospect of a thaw in relations with the United States but keeping progress on trade deals slow.
The charismatic former union leader, who US President Barack Obama called "my man" before relations soured over Iran's nuclear program, has boosted Brazil's diplomatic profile on global issues from environment to trade.

If opinion polls ahead of 3 October elections are right, he will be succeeded by his chosen candidate Dilma Rousseff, who shares many of his views on Brazil's role in the world but who is expected to focus much more on domestic policy.

"We'll lose the main spokesman of our foreign policy. Some years ago the best-known personality in Brazil was Pele, today it's Lula," Marco Aurelio Garcia, Lula's foreign policy advisor, said.

Under Mr Lula, Brazil has established itself as a force for Latin American integration, a leader of the developing world on trade and the environment, and has forged stronger joint positions with fellow emerging giants Russia, China and India.

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Dear Low I "Q"

by IranFirst on

I am sorry you don't like the news, as reported. Time of your IRI master playing w lesftists is over Brazil has its OWN agenda, and does not want to be associated with Terrorist IRI anymore


LOL! wishful thinking by usual idiots

by Q on

IF, you, your Zionist buddies and the AP article make me laugh again.

Anybody who says Dilma will seriously change Brazil's foreign policy is obviously ignorant of the history. Dilma was an armed communist guerilla who fought against a CIA-BACKED bloody dictatorship, which imprisoned and tortured her.

She will probably go even further than Lula with respect to Iran:

President Lula offered to provide asylum to Iranian national Sakineh Ashtiani, who is sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, after initially refusing to get involved in the affair. The move is not only intended to improve the public’s view of Brazil’s ties to Iran, but allow him (and Ms. Rousseff) to argue that Brazil’s relationship with the middle-eastern state is based primarily on common geopolitical interests – human rights aside.