According to the Tehran Times — an English-language newspaper with ties to the regime-aligned Mehr News Agency — Brazilian Ambassador to Tehran Rodrigo de Azeredo Santos agreed to sign the three memoranda in a meeting this week with a senior Agriculture Ministry official.
Following the American airstrike against Iran’s top terrorist leader, Major General Qasem Soleimani, in Iraq in January, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement all but applauding his elimination from the battlefield without mentioning Soleimani or Iran.
In 2018, the last year before Bolsonaro was inaugurated, Brazil was Iran’s seventh-largest trade partner, fourth-largest importer to Iran, and the Mideast state’s most important trade partner in South America.
International intelligence organizations and counterterrorism experts have for years warned that Iranian proxy terrorist organization Hezbollah is extremely active in Latin America, establishing ties to Marxist terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), socialist regimes like that of Venezuela and the former regime in Bolivia, and criminal drug syndicates.
Corn imports were on the docket for conversations between the Brazilian ambassador and the Iranian Agriculture Ministry this week, the Tehran Times claimed.