On April 9, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to Washington, D.C. Presidents Obama and Rousseff discussed a broad range of bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues, including global economic growth, the situation in the Middle East, and progress the two countries have made as co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership. The Presidents reviewed the progress made under the three presidential dialogues launched during President Obama's March 2011 visit to Brazil -- the Economic and Financial Dialogue, the Strategic Energy Dialogue, and the Global Partnership Dialogue. The Leaders also announced a new presidential-level Defense Cooperation Dialogue, as well as met with the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum to continue efforts to grow commercial, economic, education, and innovation ties between our two countries. Presidents Obama and Rousseff issued a joint statement U.S.-Brazil partnership after their meeting.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on "U.S.-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century" at an event celebrating the strong ties between the United States and Brazil at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She said, "[W]e are the two largest and most diverse democracies, the two largest economies, in our hemisphere. But what may not be known is that the United States and Brazil, because we are democracies, have a special obligation to stand for our values. It is, of course, important that we promote our economic ties, that we try in every way possible to raise the standard of living of our two peoples, but we do so within a strong framework of commitment to democratic values. And we increasingly have a responsibility to work together on behalf of those values. The policies we embrace and the investments that we make will shape our shared future, and we are developing strong habits of partnership and cooperation."
In closing, Secretary Clinton said, "I am confident that this relationship will serve to stabilize our hemisphere, our economies, but even reach far beyond. Because what we want to see is the progress in Brazil that has been so laudable over the last several decades continue and grow from strength to strength."