Sunday, January 30th 2011 - 20:52 UTC

Dilma Rousseff Makes First Trip Abroad As President to Argentina

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will arrive in Argentina on Monday on her first foreign trip as president.

The trip is aimed at confirming that the Brazilian government's foreign policy will prioritize South-South relations and relations with neighboring countries, the official Agencia Brasil news agency reported.

In Buenos Aires, Rousseff will hold talks with her Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to discuss expanding cooperation in the fields of electricity, nuclear energy, social development projects, digital technology and mining.

Dilma Rousseff, described as “strategic” the relationship with Argentina and stated that she will look for establishing an “extremely close” ties with her counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

“The Brazilian government assumes, once again, a true commitment with the Argentine government as well a joint policy intended to promote a development strategy for the region. For me the main idea is that of a strategic relationship with Argentina, which should shine itself in all areas of interest of both countries,” said Rousseff in conversations with local newspapers before arriving in Buenos Aires.

In this context, Rousseff remarked that Brazil is aiming to “have a very strong policy in terms of creating and developing suppliers for the exploration and exploitation of oil within the region.”

”I’d like to have an extremely close relationship with President Kirchner,“ said the successor to Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva and then explained: ”I would firstly because Brazil and Argentina are countries that have major responsibilities before the whole of Latin America in terms to provide our region with an increasingly international stage presence.“

Antonio Simoes, Brazil's general undersecretary for South and Central America, said the Rousseff visit would represent a third stage of the Brazil-Argentina relationship since the two countries emerged from military regimes more than two decades ago.

”In early phases we worked on strategic political questions and economic integration through Mercosur,“ Simoes said in a briefing on the visit. ”In this phase we'll begin more work on social questions such as cross-border integration.“

Simoes said, meanwhile, that key economic matters would also be on the agenda, in an effort to keep stimulating growing trade between the countries.

Among those, he said, were accords on developing experimental nuclear research reactors in both countries, the joint construction of a hydroelectric facility on the country's common border, and cooperation in housing development programs and biofuels.

In addition to those accords, Simoes said the countries planned to sign an agreement for joint promotion of their exports in third-party countries.

But while trade between the neighboring countries has grown tenfold in the last two decades to $33 billion last year, the two Mercosur trade bloc leaders may face some friction on the matter of bilateral commerce.

A particularly thorny issue could be the current $4 billion annual trade surplus that Brazil runs with Argentina. That figure widened from only $250 million the previous year.

Simoes, however, discarded the possibility that trade disputes would arise from the imbalance.

”This is a matter that we need to address through the highest common denominators,“ he said. ”We need to generate more bilateral trade, which is in everybody's interest.”

Brazil, he said, could help to address the difference with investments, such as the construction of a phosphate fertilizer facility currently under progress in Argentina by Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE).

“This project alone will generate very large purchases by Brazil,” he said.

Rousseff's entourage will include her top aides in charge of economic, social development, energy, technology and foreign affairs.

Following the visit to Argentina, Rousseff is scheduled to visit Peru in February and Paraguay and Uruguay in March.



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1 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2011 - 09:50 pm Report abuse
yes welcome to Argentina, at least someone want to visit us President Kirchner may well say, interestingly he did not mention the British Falklands, but then again, if you was visiting someone you admired, would you wish to be a thorn in her side ? , but no doubt Argentina will read far to much into this visit , as long as she don’t get her hopes up she just may scrape through,
2 Redhoyt (#) Jan 30th, 2011 - 11:21 pm Report abuse
No mention of the FI ... strange ..... unlikely in fact. Maybe these pages just failed to mention it!
3 Forgetit87 (#) Jan 30th, 2011 - 11:55 pm Report abuse
The FI issue is a tiny matter as compared to the overall economic and political importance of Argentina to Brazil. It wouldn't be surprising if the meeting doesn't address the FI at all, unless Argentina insists otherwise.
4 Redhoyt (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 12:23 am Report abuse
And they usually do :-)
5 Frank (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 02:07 am Report abuse
“to discuss expanding cooperation in the fields of .........nuclear energy, social development projects, digital technology .... ”

I guess that will take in the Ezieza aquifer, Villa 31, and the derelict Grundig building at Ushuaia....
6 O gara (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 02:50 am Report abuse
Brasils relationship with Argentina is already on the level of France and Germany.What should concentrate minds around here was the meeting in Santiago this week of nine ministers from Argentina and Chile which seeks to put this relationship on the same level.Chiles foreign minister went out of his way to emphasize that they fully support Argentina in its rights to the Malvinas.Part of the discussions in BA it seems will be about the. joint development of nuclear powered submarines.
7 Frank (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 03:23 am Report abuse
Pres Rousseff arrives at aeroparque at 1100, flies out at 1600..... given how Jorge Newberry functions that will give about 30 mins for lunch with the Botox Queen.... hardly much time for 'in depth' discussion about the menu let alone anything else.

But Dilma will be able to put a tick next to Argentina in her diary.......
8 Martin_Fierro (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 05:27 am Report abuse
O gara, don't bother with these idiots, they cover their ears and go 'la la la la' ...“everything's fine!!” ;-)
9 Redhoyt (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 05:29 am Report abuse
''' ... What should concentrate minds around here was the meeting in Santiago this week of nine ministers from Argentina and Chile which seeks to put this relationship on the same level.Chiles foreign minister went out of his way to emphasize that they fully support Argentina in its rights to the [Falklands] ...”

Wow ... earth shattering stuff! That's never happened before !! Oh dear. We are in trouble now ..begorra!!
10 NicoDin (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 06:22 am Report abuse
So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found the sea green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our nuclear submarine,

We all live in nuclear submarine,
nuclear submarine, nuclear submarine,
We all live in nuclear submarine,
nuclear submarine, nuclear submarine.

And our friends are all aboard,
Many more of them live next door,
And the band begins to play.

We all live in nuclear submarine,
nuclear submarine, nuclear submarine,
We all live in nuclear submarine,
nuclear submarine, nuclear submarine.
11 O gara (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 07:00 am Report abuse
Martin_Fierro. Don't worry amigo they argue like that but it eventually clicks even in pea brains like redhoyt who seems completely incapable of coherent arguement.The botox queen seems to get a lot done and I bet she and the ex guerilla will get on very well
12 Redhoyt (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 07:01 am Report abuse
DIMwit - there is a difference between nuclear powered and nuclear armed .... thought you should know !
13 WestisBest (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 09:55 am Report abuse
I think I could see how any discussion on the Falklands would go:

Kirchner: “now we must discuss Brazil's approach to the Malvinas, we want active support from you, not just words as in the past”
Rousseff: “Ahem....cofftradesurpluscoff....”
Kirchner: “OK...let's move onto the next item”

14 ed (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 10:49 am Report abuse
gossip = politics
15 GeoffWard (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 02:57 pm Report abuse
“I guess that will take in the Ezieza aquifer, Villa 31, and the derelict Grundig building at Ushuaia.... ” (Frank @ #5)

Don't know about Grundig, Frank, but I thought the Eleiza aquifer was certified as uncontaminated by anthropogenic radioactive isotopic materials - at least it was in 2008.
Wrt Villa 31 - Dilma will certainly be able to swap stories about favela/villa life. This is one common theme across South America but probably the nut hardest to crack.
I think they might talk about drug-dealer elimination in shanty-towns but I doubt they will find time to address urban planning, building standards and urban infrastructure.
16 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 03:16 pm Report abuse
And our friends are all aboard,
Many more of them live next door,
And the band begins to play.

We all live in nuclear submarine,
nuclear submarine, nuclear submarine
I take it [we] means Argentina,
And should not nuclear submarine be Yellow
Interesting how you left the words [Argentina] And [yellow] out, was it not ??
17 xbarilox (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
wow, those haters can't sleep at night thinking about Cristina and Dilma, now that's torture haha
18 artillero601 (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 08:45 pm Report abuse
Basically no matter the subject, anything and everything is related to Malvinas / Falklands conflict so if the price of rise in China goes up tomorrow is because of the same thing ..... wow !!
19 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 09:20 pm Report abuse
surely not true, UFO'S don’t come from Argentina,
admittedly they were of British decent, but surely Argentina and great Britain are friends, AINT WE???
20 Think (#) Jan 31st, 2011 - 11:47 pm Report abuse
21 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 12:47 am Report abuse
Dilma Rousseff
Presidenta de la República Federativa del Brasil

just because he said it, does make it true ?
22 xbarilox (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 12:55 am Report abuse
@ 21 “just because he said it, does make it true?” It's true, that's why he said it.
23 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 01:08 am Report abuse
so when that guy said the world was flat, [it was flat]
well well you learn something every day on here ha ha
24 xbarilox (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 01:15 am Report abuse
@ 23 “so when that guy said the world was flat, [it was flat]” Wrong, again! :)
It's true, that's why he said it, not, it's true because he said it. Can you see the difference? One day you'll grow a brain... I hope so :)
25 NicoDin (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 05:13 am Report abuse

You forgot to translate Lily’s song for FredMex he sure cannot understand her English as sounds from great London.

BTW where is FredMex? may be depressed while seeing US falling?

: )
26 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 04:10 pm Report abuse
all fools together, rude to the good, nasty to the end.
Yet still the bloggers never learn, poor Argentina to be represented by such hateful people, thank goodness Argentina is better than that ?
27 artillero601 (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 05:13 pm Report abuse
Of course we are .....
28 xbarilox (#) Feb 01st, 2011 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
@ 26 poor ninny, having no life, having no friends, having no females, having nothing, he can only spend his days worried about Argentina. Go play football, it will make you good, you'll see, or perhaps you love dolls haha
29 briton (#) Feb 02nd, 2011 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
little things please little boys,
play with your XBOX and let the adults talk
30 I (#) Feb 02nd, 2011 - 08:25 pm Report abuse
I think both Brazil and Argentina could benefit from a nuclear defence program, the defence indutry around the world created a lot of jobs from this trades and invest bast amount of capital, I don't hear many nuclear weapons indusrty going bankrupt.
31 briton (#) Feb 02nd, 2011 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
more nuclear weapons that are built, the more likely a war will happen.
the west hopefully will reduce theirs, and others will follow,
Einstein once said it is not weapons that kill, its humans,
weapons are just a tool ?
32 artillero601 (#) Feb 02nd, 2011 - 09:32 pm Report abuse
Hear, Hear ... Mr Britton !!
33 NicoDin (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 01:57 am Report abuse
I just wornder... what for Briton is the west?

34 briton (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
I just wonder... what for Briton is the west? [explain what you mean]
merely the truth, more countries that have them, the more chance it will happen. If you are referring to [who is the west]
this stems from the cold war, the west would include France , great Britain and the U S A ,the nations that have nuclear weapons, the uk government is already reducing hers, the Americans are in agreement with Russia to reduce theirs to under 2,000 each I think,
hopefully others like china, India Pakistan and Israel may or may not follow, all I can say is, if they are ever used, it could possibly see the end of mankind as we all know it today,
so lets all hope the powers that be, reduce and eventually get rid of them all, just my opinion ,
35 NicoDin (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 04:11 pm Report abuse

The concept of west started in the times of the Ancient Greeks when they named all to their right (what is today western Europe) Occidin/Occidine and later the Romans turned into Latin as occidens what we call now occidente in Spanish, occident in English, etc.

So we are occident (the West) all the culture and heritage left by the Romans. The western Christian/Roman civilization.

And also geographically we are in the “West” as we are placed in the Western Hemisphere.

The yanks have all wrong in their mind they never were good for geography, history and that kind of stuff.

They still believe that they have invented the Car, Hamburgers, Pizza, Salsa (dancing stuff), the jeans and the West.

Nuclear capabilities will increase in the world as a balance of power. Do you think that US would have attacked Iraq if they have Nukes capable to reach US?

So I go for everyone to have some nukes just in case.

: )
36 artillero601 (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 07:15 pm Report abuse
if policing the world is the job description of the US (apparently it is) what happened to North Korea and Iran? if the idea is to remove every SOB in the planet, why do we allow the Africans to kill each other like there is no tomorrow?? .... oh ! I forgot the oil, never mind !!
37 I (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
some people here get it wrong, they think Argentine need weapons to attack, but this is the oposite we need nukes to deffend Argentina from UK occupation, if history serves us better britain tryed this once before but yet they believe we attacked them in 1982,
I don't remember any boats going to UK in 1982, I guess they forgot Argentina 1806-1807, sometimes I wish I could take back every mistake I made, doesn't everyone ? but I doubt brits will let us forget the mistakes they made, we got rid of them in the mainland but the internet brought them back in our face, isn't it ovious we are under threat and need a nuclear deffence program just in case the internet pirats get colonial trigger happy. Nuclear “DEFFENCE” programs are not a threat to anyone, IT IS A THE RIGHT TO ANY NATION UNDER THREAT, OR OCCUPATION. I believe in a world where the 100000 tanks and 1000.000 guns of opression will be replaced by a sinlge nuclear missiles of libery security and freedom, what better way to save the planet then to invest all our limited resources in a lot more farming equipment rather then many tanks and guns, why invest in millions in military when we can buy a single nuclear missile to secure pease, how can anyone argue this position ???
38 artillero601 (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 09:03 pm Report abuse
@37 actually you are right! the moment you have nukes , everybody respects you
39 briton (#) Feb 03rd, 2011 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
35 NicoDin , thank you, I did not wish to go back that far, but that’s ok.
as for , if you have nukes all will respect you, and no one will attack you,
sadly this is and will become a false prophecy
let me explain
the uk, has nuclear weapons, this did not stop Argentina from attacking the Falklands,, [you may reply the Falklands is not the British mainland]
now try that same attack on say Hawaii, and see what happens,
further, if Iran gets unclear weapons and the means to fire it,
in their own words they will attack Israel, , if extremist ever get hold of Pakistanis unclear weapons, then god help all of us,
as I have said before, and this is true, its not the weapons that is the danger, they will only wipe out the human race] its whoever’s finger [human]
is on the button, , put simply if a civilised man is in charge then you have less that one percent of him using it, [safeguards in place]
but if you have a madman’s finger on the button, then you have a 90% chance of seeing a giant mushroom in the sky, this may all be irrelevant
it will purely depend on what one believes will happen,, some people think it will, some people think it wont, ??????
40 NicoDin (#) Feb 04th, 2011 - 03:59 am Report abuse

And do you think that the nukes under the fingers of the yanks make you safer than in the hands of the Chinese, Russians, Cubans, NK, Iran, etc.?

Tell me who from that list has used Nuclear weapons against other nation?

Yes only US, can you imagine US with riots on the streets, in default desperate to hold an empire falling?

Well wait and you will see and especially when the nukes will be in the hands of US’s politician like this.

can you imagine someone more ignorant and stupid in this world?
41 briton (#) Feb 04th, 2011 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
well i understand that you do not like the yanks, and they may well be ignorant and stupid,,
but either way if it is fired, and by anyone, we will not be arround to complain, thats for sure .
42 I (#) Feb 04th, 2011 - 10:23 pm Report abuse
#39 Good theory however a nuclear defence talk BS walks, why don't you try those fear tactics with USA, LOL see if USA says it's ok we will give up our nukes, untill then BS walks nuclear deffence talks, beside without any illegal aliens in Malvinas Argentina, I am sure our job at the UN will be easyer, this 2000 odd pirats need to be documented or sent home.
43 briton (#) Feb 05th, 2011 - 01:37 am Report abuse
ha ha very good
the falklands will remain british, but I agree with you that the yank wont listen to me, everything is a good theory until proven good or bad .
44 I (#) Feb 06th, 2011 - 05:42 am Report abuse
#43 Argentina's claims is for Malvinas Argentinta, the fakland island company can go to britain whenever they like, I don't think Argentina want anything to do with them, unless they keep trying to claim our land. do you know if UK got rid of the Roman gipsys yet ??
To important thing to remember there is president Dilma Rousseff seems to know where she is standing.

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