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Ambassador Ron Kirk Concludes Visit to Brazil

September 18, 2009

Brasilia, Brazil - Today United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk concluded his two-day visit to Brazil. This was Ambassador Kirk's first time visiting Sao Paulo and Brasilia as the United States Trade Representative. His visit gave him an opportunity to listen to and meet with Brazilian government, business and labor leaders to discuss ways to build upon the U.S.-Brazil bilateral relationship.

During his visit to Sao Paulo, Ambassador Kirk addressed business leaders at the American Chamber of Commerce where he emphasized the importance of the U.S. and Brazil working together. Ambassador Kirk also met with leaders from the private sector, as well as stakeholders from labor and civil society.

While in Brasilia, Ambassador Kirk met with representatives from the National Confederation of Industry. He also had a meaningful and constructive meeting with Minister of Exterior Relations, Celso Amorim. At the conclusion of their meeting, Ambassador Kirk and Minister Amorim held a joint press conference.

"The meeting with Minister Amorim provided an excellent opportunity for us to build upon an already constructive bilateral relationship," said Ambassador Kirk. "We agreed to examine mechanisms to advance our bilateral dialogue. I look forward to working with Minister Amorim and his government as our work proceeds."

Ambassador Kirk began his visit to Brazil by arriving in Sao Paulo on September 16 and then traveling to Brasilia. Once he leaves Brasilia, he will return to Washington, DC.