(AFP) – Mar 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Brazil April 16 for talks after an Americas summit in Colombia, a State Department official said Monday.
The visit comes after President Dilma Rousseff's planned meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House April 9, so Clinton will be able to follow up on those conversations, acting assistant secretary of state Roberta Jacobson said.
This meeting "will explore further ways to expand our bilateral cooperation in regional and global issues," she said.
Obama and Rousseff agreed during the US president's visit to Brasilia a year ago to establish a regular dialogue at a ministerial level on economic, educational and diplomatic issues.
The United States is courting Brazil in hopes of making it its main economic interlocutor in Latin America. It is particularly interested in oil projects, biofuels and opportunities related to Brazil's hosting the World Cup and Olympic Games.
The Summit of the Americas, meanwhile, will be held April 14-15 in Cartagena, Colombia.
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