RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite U.S. objections, Brazil will sell up to $2 billion worth of arms to Libya, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Roberto Sodre said that a contract for the sales "is being finalized," a ministry spokesman in Brasilia said after Sodre spoke to Brazilian journalists. He said Sodre also acknowledged that the value of the weapons "could reach" up to $2 billion, as has been reported in the press here.
Sodre declined to specify the kinds of arms that Libya will buy, saying only that they are "defensive weapons."
Interest in New Tank
Brazilian newspapers reported last week that a delegation of visiting Libyan colonels was interested in Brazil's new medium battle tank, the Osorio, and a variety of short- and middle-range missiles, most of which are still in the development stage.
In response to reporters' questions, Sodre denied that Brazil was selling arms to Iran and said it would be illegal for Libya to resell Brazilian arms to Iran.