The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today advocated to strengthen the bilateral relationship and increase its weight in international decision making bodies.
Rousseff, who is in his first official visit to the Asian giant, and Singh met in the Indian capital and made after a joint appeal for the two emerging powers join forces on the global stage.
“We have emerged as new growth poles in the global economy (…) and agreed to increase our consultations on the reform of international governance,” Singh said at a news conference at the palace in Hyderabad in which admitted no questions.
The Indian leader, who like fellow Brazilian merely read a speech, placed special emphasis on the remodeling of the United Nations and its Security Council and the G-20.
“We are building a strategic relationship inspired by common ideals with strong, not only in terms of bilateral cooperation but also in multilateral fora, with the coordination of joint positions,” agreed Rousseff.
The Brazilian president described this association of “fundamental” to influence the international agenda and added the multilateral lending agencies like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to the list mentioned previously by Singh.
The parties, accompanied by large delegations of ministers and advisers, signed three memorandums of understanding on technical cooperation, science and biotechnology, signed a declaration in favor of gender equality, education and extended existing agreements.
Rousseff Singh and promoted cooperation in sectors such as civil nuclear, defense, environment and medicine, with a view to gradually raise the bilateral relationship.
“It’s in our interest and in the world to analyze the relationship in all possible areas,” said Singh.
The chief praised the Indian government social welfare policy implemented by Brazil in recent years and said that India sees in her a role model in their commitment to eradicate poverty in their country.
Rousseff, meanwhile, also highlighted the possibility of seeking “new opportunities” for business to achieve the goal of a trade of 15,000 million for 2015 compared to 9,200 million dollars recorded last year.
The Brazilian president had come to India on Tuesday to participate on Wednesday and Thursday in the fourth summit of the BRIC bloc, which groups these two powers and China, Russia and South Africa.
Following the conclusion of the forum, the Brazilian president took the opportunity to make a state visit to India, whose main agenda is being developed today.
Rousseff held this morning a wreath at the tomb of the father of the country India, the “Mahatma” Gandhi, and its program for the day was scheduled to attend a business seminar and a meeting and dinner with Indian President Pratibha Patil .
The Brazilian leader will travel tomorrow to the northern city of Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum before ending his official visit to India.
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