US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed she will be visiting Brazil next week following the Summit of the Americas scheduled for April 14/15 in Colombia. Her trip follows on the Brazilian president visit to the White House where both leaders, Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama politely but unyielding kept to their positions.
“I will be travelling next week to Brazil where we are celebrating the next meeting of the Dialogue Forum between the US and Brazil”, anticipated Ms Clinton following a bilateral meeting with her Brazilian peer Antonio Patriota who accompanies President Rousseff on her two-day visit to the US.
The Bilateral Dialogue forum is a regular high level meeting which has been held on two occasions with Patriota and which was started following President Obama’s visit to Brazil in March 2011. The last event took place in Washington June last year.
Secretary of State Clinton is also scheduled to attend the Open Government Partnership conference in Brasilia, April 17/18. The OGP is a multilateral initiative launched by Brazil and the US last year to combat corruption and promote transparency in governments and which already has 52 country members.
Ms Clinton’s public relations presence in Brazil should help overcome the frustrating summit at the White House where the two leaders, Obama and Rousseff were unable to bridge their differences in foreign policy (Cuba, Iran, Syria), world finance (monetary tsunami), trade (solid deficit for Brazil), military procurement (US cancelling of an order for Brazilian made fighter planes), and no mention to Brazil’s aspiration of a decisive US support for Brasilia to have a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
Furthermore President Obama did not extend her Brazilian counterpart the red carpet treatment enjoyed by the leaders of China, India and Russia, all members of the BRICS group or more recently to PM David Cameron.
The most the Brazilian delegation harvested was Hillary’s statement that “Brazil is a responsible player, which is having a growing impact on world stability and security”.
Finally according to Latin American sources, President Rousseff almost turned back when informed that Obama (and the First Lady Michelle) on Monday April 9 when the scheduled meeting, the president was fully involved in hosting the White House Easter Egg Roll which attracted 30.000 visitors from all 50 states of the Union.