US, Brazil sign defense agreement
By Dialogo April 14, 2010US and Brazilian defense chiefs on Monday signed a military cooperation agreement designed to bolster security ties, despite strain over Iran and a fighter jet contract. The accord would promote collaboration in military research and development, training, joint exercises, and commercial projects, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. "The agreement is a formal acknowledgment of the many security interests and values we share as the two most populous democracies in the Americas," Gates told a news conference with his Brazilian counterpart, Nelson Jobim. Jobim said the defense agreement "will allow us to strengthen our relationship." Gates also praised Brazil's contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, saying it "ably took the lead in the UN forces' relief and recovery efforts" after the January 12 earthquake.