Brazil welcomes Iran review of stoning sentence for woman
Brazil on Wednesday described as "positive" Iran's decision to review the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who was convicted for adultery, dpa reported.
"It is positive for it to have been suspended. Obviously, this is just one step, and we are treating this issue with great caution, because the way to defend an improvement for people is not through loud words but through dialogue," said Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.
Mohammadi-Ashtiani, 43, faces death by stoning for adultery. The death sentence has provoked strong international criticism. She has also been charged with being a accomplice in the murder of her husband.
In Brasilia, Amorim said he would try and speak with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki for details of the sentence suspension.
The government of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which has friendly relations with Tehran, had officially offered to grant asylum to Mohammadi-Ashtiani. Iran rejected the offer.
"We have to respect countries' sovereignty, but at the same time we have to hope that an issue such as this, which touched countries' sensitivity, can end well," Amorim said.