Today, Secretary Clinton visited Brasilia, Brazil, the fourth stop of her six-nation tour of Latin America. She met with Brazilian lawmakers, as well as Foreign Minister Celso Amorim. The Secretary and Foreign Minister strengthened bilateral relations by signing cooperation agreements for the advancement of women, expansion of work to foster economic development, improve health care and increase social inclusion in countries that face the greatest poverty challenges, and ways to combat climate change. You may read more about the cooperation agreements below.
After meeting with government officials, Secretary Clinton greeted Americans and Brazilians working at the U.S. Embassy. Secretary Clinton told employees that she believes the U.S.-Brazil relationship is one of the key partnerships in the 21st century. She noted that the United States was the first country to recognize Brazil's independence in 1822 and the first to move its embassy to Brasilia 50 years ago.
Highlighting the importance of the relationship with Brazil, Secretary Clinton said, "In the Obama Administration, we are trying to deepen and broaden our ties with a number of strategic countries and Brazil is at the top of the list. This is a country that really does matter.”
She continued, “And it's a country that is trying very hard to fulfill its promise to its own people of a better future. And so, together, the United States and Brazil have to lead the way for the people of this hemisphere."
Later today, Secretary Clinton will meet with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. At 6:00 p.m. EST, 8:00 p.m. local time, she will participate in a live townterview (interview + town hall) in Sao Paulo at Zumbi dos Palmares University, Brazil's only Afro-Brazilian institute of higher learning. The townterview will be streamed live here on DipNote and www.state.gov.
Since leaving Washington on February 28, Secretary Clinton has visited Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. In Chile, she pledged support to help the nation recover from last week's devastating earthquake. After leaving Brazil, she will visit Costa Rica and Guatemala.
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