U.S. President Barack Obama will host his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, at the White House on April 9, as part of efforts by both countries to deepen their bilateral relationship, an official White House statement announced February 7.
The meeting, which will take place slightly over a year after Obama’s visit to Brazil, will serve to expand “commercial, economic, education, and innovation” ties, the press release stated.
Both presidents will address topics of bilateral, regional, and multilateral interest ahead of the Summit of the Americas, to be held in the Colombian city of Cartagena in April, which Obama and Rousseff will attend, and the meeting of the G-20 (group of wealthy and emerging countries) in Mexico in June.
The meeting will make it possible “to follow up on progress made” in several programs launched during Obama’s visit to Brazil in March 2011, in the areas of energy, the economy and finance, and democracy promotion, the statement said.
The presidents will participate in a meeting with businesspeople from both countries, the White House added.
Obama has expressed his desire to move forward as “equal partners” in relations with Brazil, Latin America’s leading economy, while holding up the country as an example of democratic and economic transformation.