|Xi Jinping, then vice-president, visits the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland in 2012. Xi is a sports fan and particularly likes soccer. (Xinhua Photo)|
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to watch the finals of the FIFA 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil on July 13, 2014, an official with the Brazilian Embassy in China confirmed to People’s Daily Online.
It is reported that President Xi will also attend the BRICS Leaders Meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil after the closing ceremony of the World Cup. After the summit, Xi will pay a state visit to Brazil. Brazilian ambassador to China Valdemar Leao said earlier that Brazil highly anticipates Xi’s visit, noting that Xi’s presence in Brazil would be a wonderful coincidence at the time of the 40th anniversary of China-Brazil diplomatic ties.
According to a report by Xinhua News Agency, President Xi Jinping congratulated Brazil on hosting the World Cup again and extended good wishes to the Brazilian team in March 2013.
The article is edited and translated from巴西总统邀习近平亲临观看世界杯决赛, Source: People’s Daily Online.