Minister Dilma Rousseff in the White House with President Lula and Obama
REUTERS, WASHINGTON D.C. – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he wants stronger ties with Brazil, especially in the commercial area, reported yesterday Dilma Rousseff, a top aide and possible candidate to Brazil’s ruler party in 2010 presidential elections.
“He made what I consider a very strong and important statement,” she said at the end of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, which brought together top U.S. business and top government officials from each country.
Rousseff, who is President Lula’s current Chief of Staff, said Obama dropped in on her and other forum participants during a meeting in the office of White House national security adviser Jim Jones.
The forum consists of ten business leaders each from the United States and Brazil, who meet at least once every six months to make recommendations to the two governments on how to expand trade and investment ties.
Bilateral trade between the two countries reached about $63.4 billion in 2008. The United States enjoyed a rare, but small, surplus with its 11th largest trading partner.
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