Brazil's president stresses importance of relations with Caribbean countries

13:25, February 23, 2010      

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stressed the importance of the relationship between Brazil and the Caribbean nations on Monday.

The president kicked off his visit to Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and El Salvador on Sunday. It is the first time that Caribbean nations are included in the president's itinerary.

The president's first stop was Mexico, where he stayed till Tuesday to participate in the Second Caribbean and Latin American Summit. Lula reminded that the first meeting was held in December 2008 in Brazil's Bahia state.

"It was the first time we managed to gather all (Latin American and Caribbean) countries without the participation of the United States and Canada," he said.

The summit is an important forum to discuss the common problems of Latin American and Caribbean countries, strengthen their political and cultural relations, as well as increase investments and trade, he added.

In addition, Lula said he will discuss several investments during his visit to Cuba. Brazil's development, industry and trade minister, Miguel Jorge, is already in the country to discuss agreements. The president also stressed Brazil's state-owned oil and gas giant Petrobras' work in Cuba.

"Petrobras will build a fuel factory in Havana and is preparing studies to make drilling tests in order to find oil in Cuba," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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