Clinton to attend inauguration of new Brazilian president

09:19, December 31, 2010      

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The U.S. embassy confirmed on Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive here Saturday for the inauguration of President-elect Dilma Rousseff.

In a statement published on the website of the U.S. embassy, White House spokesman Philip Crowley said Hillary's presence will enhance bilateral and global relations.

"Brazil is an essential partner in the hemisphere and the world, and the United States is committed to deepening our relationship on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues with Brazil's government and people," the statement said.

Moreover, Washington "looks forward to working with President-elect Rousseff and her administration to advance these and other shared goals."

In a telephone conversation with Rousseff shortly after Brazil's presidential runoff on Oct. 31, U.S. President Barack Obama talked with her about working relationship and "the commitment to deepening cooperation and new areas of collaboration."

The U.S. president also said he hoped to meet Rousseff to "work" on issues such as clean energy, global growth, reconstruction in Haiti and efforts to collaborate on development.

Some 50 foreign dignitaries will attend the inauguration ceremony on Saturday, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Rousseff will be sworn in as the country's first female president.

Source: Xinhua

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