U.S. president says Brazil harvesting development fruits

13:57, March 21, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech in the Municipal Theater in the center of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Song Weiwei)

Brazil is now harvesting the fruits of its development, U.S. President Barack Obama said here Sunday.

"The people of Brazil should know that the future has arrived, it is here, now. It is harvest season," Obama said when delivering a speech in Rio's Municipal Theater, as he is visiting Brazil during his Latin America tour.

"Brazil (is) a country that shows how a call for change that starts in the streets can transform a city, transform a country, and the world," he said.

Also, he called Brazil a country "blessed by God and beautiful by nature."

Before delivering his speech, Obama on Sunday morning visited the Cidade de Deus (City of God) shantytown in Rio, which became famous due to the Academy Award-nominated movie of the same name.

Obama watched an Afro-Brazilian dance performance there and played soccer with local children.

The U.S. president arrived in Rio Saturday night after visiting Brazil's capital Brasilia, where he met with his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff and other senior political and business leaders.

Obama will leave Rio Monday morning and head to Chile. He is also scheduled to visit El Salvador before concluding his Latin America tour.

Source: Xinhua

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