FM spokesman says no problems regarding Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 26 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
There were no problems regarding Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil, Spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry Ramin Mehmanparast said, Press TV reported live.
On June 20 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to participate in United Nations conference, Fars news agency reported.
The June 20-22 Rio +20 conference was focused on sustainable development and poverty eradication. President Ahmadinejad was among 115 world leaders and top officials at Rio+20.
Mehr reported on June 25 quoting Iranian MP Avaz Heydarpour that Iran's president was met with disrespect at the airport in Brazil, and later was denied to meet with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.
"Although we do not have all the detailed information, we do know that much, and it is very unpleasant," Heydarpour noted. "After the disrespect Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was met with, he should have returned to Tehran".
Mehmanparast said there is a different type of protocol that all the participating countries get notified about, and therefore there was nothing abnormal.
"All participants get notified in advance of such protocol, countries were informed on how the reception would be done," Mehmanparast said. "There are no exceptions, it has been the same for all countries, the same formalities".
FM spokesman added that it was an international conference, not a bilateral meeting, adding that not everyone is expected to meet with the president of the hosting country.
In January of 2012, Ahmadinejad already gone through Latin American trip, visiting several Latin American countries.
He visited Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, where he held talks with officials of those countries on the further expansion of bilateral relations.
The U.S. have been warning the Latin American states against further expansion of diplomatic and business ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressing concerns over "Iran's outreach to the Western Hemisphere".
In recent years, leaders of Latin American countries have built up diplomatic and trade ties with Iran, while their relations with the United States have been greatly reduced amid popular demands for an end to dependence on Washington.