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President Obama will underline ‘coincidences’ during his visit to Brazil

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 15, 2011

by Merco Press News, March 15th, 2011.

US ambassador in Brazil Thomas Shannon downplayed differences between Washington and Brasilia saying that coincidences are far greater and will be the core of discussions during the coming visit of US president Barack Obama next week end.

“Discrepancies are normal, particularly when the country is Brazil, a country with its own opinions but the convergence points are far more important that divergences”, said Ambassador Shannon in an interview with O Estado de Sao Paulo.

In recent years political differences in the approach to issues such as Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, Middle East, among others have caused ‘some frictions’ between the US and Brazil but that “corresponds to relations between two big countries”, said the former US Under Secretary of State for Hemispheric Affairs.

Shannon said that the coming visit of President Obama next Saturday, which also includes Chile and El Salvador, is indicative of Washington’s special interest in Brazil and an acknowledgement of the role Brasilia plays as an emerging power. (continue reading… )


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