JERUSALEM — Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday headed on a tour of Brazil and Argentina to counter arch-foe Iran's influence in Latin America, the second such trip in months by a senior Israeli official.
The elder statesman was to arrive in Brasilia early on Tuesday for the first visit to Brazil by an Israeli president since 1966. On Sunday he will continue to Argentina in the first such visit in 20 years.
The trip comes just two weeks before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Jewish state's arch-foe Iran, goes to Brazil.
Peres's visit aims to reinforce "strategic cooperation" between Israel and Brazil, as well as with Argentina, his spokesman Ayelet Frish told AFP.
"The president will discuss Iranian infiltration in South America and explain to his hosts that Israel has nothing against the Iranian people, but against Ahmadinejad, a fanatical leader who is more interested in enriching uranium than in the well-being of his people," she said.To read full AFP story — Go Here Now.
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