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Brazilian minister for Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, has met with top Israeli officials including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a four-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. President Peres, who visited Brazil in 2010, welcomed the minister who said his country was keen to play a greater diplomatic role in the region in line with its expanding economic influence. Israeli President Shimon Peres: "You are heartily welcomed, we are glad to have you here. We are following with great admiration the development of Brazil, for becoming a country that was large, to a country which is great." Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Patriota: "We are very aware of the tensions in the region, this is a source of great concern for Brazil, and you will see Brazil adopting a higher profile I think in line with, well, its economic weight and the fact that we have friendly relations with all United Nations members and no enemies. So perhaps in a unique situation to listen to all sides and to participate in efforts towards peace." Patriota later met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, when they allegedly discussed international concerns over Iran's nuclear programme. Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Avigdor Lieberman: "And I hope that the Western world will not repeat the same mistakes in 2012 like in the thirties and of course we will monitor and we will following the additional ...
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