Brazil and U.S. Working To Mend Ties
Brazilian President Dilma Roussef met with President Barack Obama at the
White House this week. Below is the new multi-faceted partnership.
The United States and Brazilian relationship has been unstable since the U.S. spying policy became known in 2013.
Brazilian President Dilma Roussef canceled a 2013 visit to Washington, D.C. after it was made public by Edward Snowden’s that the U.S. had intercepted her emails and phone calls.
At the invitation of President Barack Obama, Rousseff made an official working visit to the United States this week to mend the relationship.
President Obama said he was hoping to make a return visit to the South American country next year, when Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The Presidents highlighted the traditional ties that bind the two countries and underscored their determination to strengthen an increasingly diversified and mature partnership, grounded in mutual respect and trust, shared values, and a focus on meeting the needs and aspirations of the societies of the two largest democracies and economies in the Americas.
Framingham is home to one of the largest Brazilian populations in America.
Their meeting underscored the long-standing and increasingly diverse partnership between the United States and Brazil, which is rooted in a shared commitment to expand inclusive economic growth and prosperity; promote international peace and security and respect for human rights; strengthen bilateral defense and security cooperation; and deepen our people-to-people ties through exchanges in education, energy, health, science and technology, and innovation.
At the bottom of this report is the video of the joint press conference between the two presidents, held yesterday, June 30.
The visit highlighted our cooperation in the following areas:
Expanding Economic Growth and Prosperity
Leading Together on Global, Multilateral, and Regional Issues
Supporting the Brazilian National Truth Commission: At the request of the Brazilian National Truth Commission, the United States surveyed its departmental and archival holdings for relevant records on human rights abuses and political violence in Brazil between 1964 and 1985. The National Declassification Center (NDC) led an initial search of 2.5 million pages, reviewed 400,000 potentially responsive pages, and identified over 4,500 relevant pages that were declassified in full or in part. The NDC will digitize these pages, which will be available at the United States National Archives, and has provided them to the Government of Brazil.
Deepening People-to-People Ties through Education, Energy, Science and Technology, Health, and Innovation
Information and Communications Technology Partnership: The United States Trade and Development Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Brazilian State Information and Communications Technology Association (ABEP) to support t information technology modernization in Brazil. The partnership will facilitate the use of early project planning tools and technical exchanges between U.S. industry and ABEP’s member companies.