Vice President Biden Discusses the 'Start of a New Era of U.S.-Brazilian Relations'

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Later today, Vice President Biden will return from Brazil, the final stop on a three-country trip focused on reinforcing partnerships in the Americas.

During his visit, he delivered a speech in Rio de Janeiro about the promise of a strong U.S.-Brazil partnership. “President Obama and I believe that the times present an incredible opportunity for a new era of relations between the United States and the Americas,” the Vice President explained. “But none -- no partner is more significant in this endeavor than Brazil.”

The United States and Brazil represent two of the largest, most innovative, dynamic economies in the world today. It is true both of us can continue to prosper whether or not we deepen our economic relations. But imagine, just imagine what these two dynamic economies could do with greater trade and investment for our people, for the hemisphere, for the world. 

In addition to strengthening the economic relationship between our two countries, the Vice President also discussed other areas where we can work together, including energy, global development and people-to-people ties.

Before continuing on to Brasília, Vice President Biden discussed energy cooperation between Brazil and the United States at the Petrobras Centro de Pesquisas facility in Rio, met with Brazilian business, trade, and investment leaders at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Technology Park, and visited a local Brazilian community.

In Brasília, Vice President Biden met with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, as well as the nation’s Vice President, Michel Temer. Read the remarks the two Vice Presidents delivered to the press here

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