Brazilian President Visits White House


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In a bid to reaffirm ties between the U.S. and Latin America, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attended a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Saturday, making him the first Latin American leader to do so. Lula and Obama met ahead of their joint attendance at the G20 summit in London, April 2nd.

Over the meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama praised Brazil as a “progressive, and “forward looking” world leader, and a country he would soon like to visit. According to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon, the meeting of the two officials signifies the affirmation of a warm relationship between Brazil and the United States: Lula claimed that the new administration in Washington was in a “unique and exceptional position” to do this.

Areas of common interest to the nations, which will most certainly be raised at the G20 summit, are climate change and the current financial crisis. Discussions at a preliminary G20 meeting in London this weekend spoke of global cooperation through these troubled times, a notion which Saturday’s meeting reinforces.

Climate change troubles of late united Brazil and the U.S. on the topic of renewable energy sources, officials claim.

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