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Brazil and UK discuss defence cooperation and Atlantic security in London

Tuesday, July 5th 2011 - 18:50 UTC
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Liam Fox and Nelson Jobim at Lancaster House Liam Fox and Nelson Jobim at Lancaster House

Strengthening Brazil-UK defence cooperation agreement and building Atlantic and wider security are among the issues to be addressed by UK and Brazil during the three day visit of Defence minister Dr Nelson Jobim to Britain

Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox welcomed his Brazilian peer Dr. Jobim to London on Tuesday with a ceremonial guard from King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and with an opening address delivered in English and Portuguese at Lancaster House, said an official MoD release.

Today’s visit is the first by the Brazilian Defence Minister to the United Kingdom. Anglo-Brazilian relations have always been strong and this visit will further reinforce these ties. The 3-day programme will include a demonstration of military equipment and British industry at St John’s Wood barracks, a trip in a fast patrol boat and a Type 45 Destroyer at RNB Portsmouth and an opportunity to see the construction of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. The Brazilians will also make a tour of the London 2012 Olympic Site in advance of their preparations to host the 2016 Olympics.

Dr Liam Fox in his speech at Lancaster House said that “the “The United Kingdom and Brazil are firm friends with a long and mutually beneficial history. The task before us now is to build on our friendship so together we can face the challenges of the future.

“The 21st Century will be one of shared security and shared prosperity. Brazil is poised to take a central role on the world stage – as an economic force with a growing international voice – as an environmental superpower and a development success story. We welcome your increasing role in maintaining international stability and security.”

During the visit the Defence Ministers discussed a range of issues looking to strengthen the Brazil-UK friendship as part of an important building block of Atlantic and wider security.

Defence relations were strengthened by the official signing of a Defence Cooperation Treaty in September last year during a visit to Brazil from Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy.

Dr. Jobim’s return visit to London is “a sign of Brazil’s commitment to the UK and recognition of the British Military highlighting the best capabilities and technologies that Britain has to offer”.

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  • briton

    The United Kingdom and Brazil are firm friends with a long and mutually beneficial history,

    Argentina, who are they, says the Brazilian,
    Oh just a bunch of time bandits lol

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 08:51 pm 0
  • Tte Estevez

    really britton?
    Let see what the brazilian opinion about england

    A Inglaterra não é um pais sério, não é um pais confiável e não merece respeito algum, pelo fato de não respeitar ninguém além de sua criatura os EUA. A história nos mostra que explorou o Brasil quando as “vacas estavam gordas” e nos abandonou quando “ficaram magras”. Nos roubou descaradamente conforme prova a história, corrompeu nossa justiça para prejudicar nossa industrialização (Barão de Mauá) e fomentou uma guerra para não perder mercado (Paraguai) e recentemente teimou manter as Malvinas.

    ” England is not a serious country,nor is to be trusted,and does not deserve any respect.It just a child from USA.History shows,that they explore Brazil,during the good years,and abandon us ,during recesion times.They stole us without any shame,as history shows us.Corrupted our justice system,to kill our industrialization(Barao de Maua),and instigated a war,so not loose a market,Paraguay,eand recently,is fearfull to loose Malvinas”

    Brazil recognize Argentine sovereignity on Malvinas

    Lula Wants UN to Recognize Argentina's Sovereignty over Malvinas/Falkland

    Too bad britton,you have mistrited brazil in the past..
    Is payback time...
    uk is nothing

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 09:34 pm 0
  • Redhoyt

    So why the visit then, SiEster?

    Why the defence pact that was signed between Britain and Brazil in 2010?

    If you go putting your faith in politicians, then you are doomed to be disappointed. They'll change with the wind.

    Jul 05th, 2011 - 11:25 pm 0
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