Brazilian president Rousseff meets with U.S. senator McCain

14:52, January 11, 2011      

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Monday met with U.S. Senator John McCain on topics such as the Brazilian purchase of 36 fighters from the United States.

In the meeting, McCain hoped Brazil's order would come to the U.S., in spite of the competition from France and Sweden.

According to McCain, the U.S. F-18 Super Hornet fighter manufactured by Boeing, is superior to its rivals, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen. The senator said that he is sure the Brazilian government's decision will be based on the merits of the fighter jets.

"Their (the F-18's) superiority over the other jets has been proved, but I do not want to influence the Brazilian government's decision," McCain added.

The decision on the fighters' purchase has been postponed several times. Brazil's main demand is the technology transfer of jet-building from the exporting country, which Senator McCain said he intends to ensure.

Referring to the development of Brazil, "I believe that, as Brazil emerged as a great economy, it will have a larger role not only in the southern hemisphere, but also in the whole world," McCain said.

Source: Xinhua
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