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Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota will make a working visit to Washington on February 23 and 24, 2011, where he will hold meetings with the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the National Security Advisor, Thomas E. Donilon, and the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy F. Geithner. During the visit, the Brazilian Foreign Minister will also meet the President of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick.

The visit falls under the preparations for President Barrack Obama’s State Visit to Brazil, on March 19 and 20, 2011, at the invitation of President Dilma Rousseff. The conversations with United States officials comprises several issues of bilateral interest, such as trade, investments, energy, defense, science and technology, innovation, space cooperation, education, culture, fight against race and gender discrimination and consular affairs, as well as issues in the regional and global agendas, with special attention to the situation in Haiti and in the Middle East, OAS, Human Rights and Social Affairs, Climate Chance and Sustainable Development, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and Reform of the Global Governance Institutions.

The United States is the main foreign investor in Brazil, the second largest importer of Brazilian products and the second top trade partner of the country, with a trade flow of more than US$ 46 billion in 2010. Between 2009 and 2010, Brazilian exports to the North American market expanded 26.21%, increasing from US$15.6 billion to US$19.3 billion. Brazil is the 8th destination for US exports.

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