Ministers Hold Talks in Preparation for Chirac’s Visit to Brazil

The Brazilian and French governments are studying the possibility of holding a Year of France in Brazil. The press office of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations informed that this topic was discussed at a breakfast meeting in Paris, on Monday, February 27, between the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phillipe Douste-Blazy.

Last year the Year of Brazil in France was commemorated in over 300 events that attracted a public estimated at around 15 million people.

According to the Ministry, the two ministers have already agreed on the idea of holding the Year of France in Brazil. The date will be determined at an opportune time.

The possibility of producing medicine for the poorest African countries was another issue discussed between Amorim, and his French counterpart.

The two ministers considered cooperation possibilities between developed and developing nations that could benefit, in particular, the poorest nations in Africa.

The ministers also talked about the next visit of President Jacques Chirac to Brazil, scheduled for May, and studied perspectives of bilateral cooperation in areas such as health, science, technology, and aircraft industry.

In the meeting, Amorim and Douste-Blazy were able to analyze an extensive multilateral agenda, which revealed significant convergence of positions regarding the situation in Haiti.

They also talked about the Middle East, especially Iran, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, and discussed the reform process of the United Nations Security Council.

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  • Guest

    Why on earth…..
    Why on earth would Brazil want to help produce medicins for Africa? Why not spend your money producing medicins for poor or destitute Brazilians? I thought a government’s prime responsibility was to its own people. As far as I know, African states have their own governments to worry about providing medicins. Perhaps if they stopped squandering the aid my country, and the rest of the EU, forks out to them yearly, they might be able to produce a few drugs for themselves. The issue should absolutely not be ‘lets help Africa’, but lets totally cut all aid and help to them until their thieving, lying, incompetent politicians are brought to heel. Lula and his crew are not helping by cosying up to them even more and giving them further opportunities to pocket other people’s money.
    As for Chirac, he’s yet another bent politico. As soon as he’s out of office, which seems to be quite soon if the polls are anything to go by, he’ll be arrested on corruption charges (receiving illegal cash for election campaigning). He’s only free on the streets now because he has immunity as president. God only knows what the attraction can be for Brazil to have anything to do with the French. They’re nothing but the awkward brigade, and totally perfidious to boot!

  • Guest

    No doubt Lula…..
    … will try to sweeten the categoric refusal of Chirac…..on EU agricultural subsidises !!!!

    Dont worry, Chirac is a strong President, he will not disagree…..but when back in his country….that will be different !

    Is this not diplomacy……just diplomacy…afterall ????

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