British PM Hosts Brazil’s President for Olympic Talks

By Dialogo
July 27, 2012

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited British Prime Minister David Cameron on July 25, to get some tips on staging the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Welcoming Rousseff to his Downing Street residence in London, Cameron said the Olympic connection provided a “great opportunity” for cooperation between Great Britain and Brazil.

Rousseff is among 120 national leaders expected to attend the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.

Cameron said he also wanted to deepen trade ties between Great Britain and Latin America’s dominant power, which overtook Great Britain this year to become the world’s sixth largest economy.

Trade between the two countries was worth $8.57 billion in 2011, an increase of just over 10 percent on the previous year.

“Obviously we have good opportunities for wide-ranging discussions but also the chance to talk about the Olympics here in London and the Olympics to come in your country next,” Cameron said.

For her part, Rousseff expressed, “This is a special moment in time for Brazil-UK relations because Brazil will be the next country to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

“It’s our intention to learn lessons from the successful UK experience,” she added.