1135 GMT January 22, 2020
According to IRNA, Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi, who was speaking in a meeting with Brazil's Ambassador to Iran Rodrigo de Azeredo Santos, pointed to Brazil as an emerging global power and said, "I believe that conditions in the world have changed and the world is not just the US and the European countries. Communications have expanded and nations have many choices."
He said Brazil could help Iran much more than some other countries, the European ones in particular, in the area of medical equipment technology, pharmaceutical industry, producing vaccines and even constructing and operating hospitals.
Referring to the reimposition of sanctions on Iran, the minister said, "We have to discard forever the hope (of support) from Europe and the US."
He underlined the need for broading economic relations with Brazil and said that at this juncture Iran has to develop a long-term outlook for countries other than Europe and the US and this new approach should not be pursued just during the time of sanctions.