Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota is visiting Mauritania on April 25-26. This is the first visit of a Brazilian Minister of External Relations to that country.
The visit will be an opportunity to consolidate the process that has brought the two countries closer, which began with the mutual decision, in 2007, of opening resident Embassies. The Mauritanian Embassy in Brasilia has been operating since 2008, while the Brazilian Government opened its mission to Nouakchott in 2010.
On the April 25, Minister Patriota was received by the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, and held a work meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Hamadi Ould Hamadi and other local officials to look into possibilities for investment and development of trade relations, as well as technical, humanitarian and military cooperation.
During the visit bilateral agreements on cooperation on aquaculture and on agricultural training will be signed, in addition to an agreement establishing a bilateral joint commission and further ones to facilitate bilateral diplomatic relations.
Since 2003, bilateral trade has increased 400%. Brazil is already the fifth largest exporter to Mauritania, particularly with products such as sugar, wheat and tires. The country’s main highway axis – the "road of hope", which spans 1,100 km and connects Nouakchott to the city of Nema – was built by a Brazilian company.