By Marcela Canavarro, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was invited by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to visit last week, but just two days before he was due to arrive, announced that he would not come.

Although it seems to be embarrassing for diplomatic relations, some political analysts considered it a last minute rescue for "Itamaraty" - Brazil's Ministério das Relações Exteriores (Ministry of External Relations).

Celso Amorim, the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, intended to enlarge Brazil-Iran commercial relations and reaffirm Brazilian autonomy from the United States of America. Accordingly to . . .

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