Much to their surprise, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly nodded and waved to the Israeli delegation as he passed by them to address the Rio+20 United Nations Sustainable Development summit held in Brazil June 20-22.
“To the surprise of the Foreign Ministry officials, when the lunatic and his people rose from their seats, they broke with tradition and passed by us rather than go through a detour,” Israeli Knesset Member Shama Hacohen wrote on his Facebook page, the Algemeiner newspaper reports.
“Despite the sign that says ‘Israel’ on my desk and the lapel pin on my jacket, he nodded and smiled toward us,” Hacohen wrote, explaining, according to the paper, that “the Iranians’ normal procedure is to take a detour around Israeli representatives, instead of walking past them directly.”
Meantime, Ahmadinejad was taking heat from Iranian lawmakers for not leaving Brazil after reportedly being snubbed by Brazil’s president. Banners saying “Ahmadinejad go home” greeted the controversial Iranian leader upon his arrival in the city June 20th, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff reportedly declined to meet with the Iranian president, who said last week that he will leave politics after his second presidential term expires next year.
“After the disrespect Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was met with in the airport of Brazil, he should have returned to Tehran, MP Avaz Heydarpour of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said, Mehr reported,” Iran’s Trend news wrote.
“According to Heydarpour, Ahmadinejad was treated with disrespect in Brazil, upon arrival, and when he was denied to meet with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.”
(Top Photo: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a news conference during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nacho Doce. Bottom photo: A traffic controller gestures in front of a banner, referring to President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 21, 2012. REUTERS/Ana Carolina Fernandes )