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Deepening The U.S.-Brazil Relationship


U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington April 9, 2012.

“We are strong supporters of the Brazilian plan, the Scientific Mobility Program, one of President Rousseff’s signature initiatives".

The challenges of the 21st century are complex, global, and require cooperative solutions. For precisely these reasons, the two most populous and diverse democracies in the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Brazil, have worked closely together in bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral fora to ensure our future prosperity.



The United States and Brazil share many common needs and interests. The countries also boast a long history of cooperation on issues ranging from sustainable development to agricultural technology, in partnerships focused on improving health and food security in Mozambique, addressing security and social issues in Haiti, and helping to reduce hunger and poverty in Honduras.

Determined to broaden and deepen the relationships between the governments and the citizens of the United States and Brazil, the two countries have held a series of high-level meetings over the past three years, called the U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue.

In mid-October, during a press conference following the fourth such Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted that cooperation between the two countries is moving apace, and getting results.

“We have not only worked bilaterally but regionally and globally,” she said. She also highlighted the United States and Brazil’s increasing cooperation on promoting educational exchanges that strengthen our countries:

“We are strong supporters of the Brazilian plan, the Scientific Mobility Program, one of President Rousseff’s signature initiatives to send top Brazilian students in science and math to universities abroad.

“We are similarly focused on implementing President Obama’s initiative, the 100,000 Strong in the Americas, and have welcomed thousands of Brazilian students to the United States and are eager to welcome more.

“And because social inclusion is critical to both of our societies, we are working together to ensure that we promote social inclusion as part of the missions of our foreign relations as well as, of course, domestically.”

Since open communication on all levels is critical to promoting democracy, peace, cooperation, security, development, and stability, the two countries plan to continue their discussions in the future.

“This dialogue,” said Secretary Clinton, “has strengthened and broadened our relationship and helped us make progress in many areas of shared concern by bringing both our governments and our people closer together.”
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