France hails Brazilian president's re-election

30th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 30, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday warmly welcomed the weekend re-election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil, and reaffirmed his support for Brazil's bid to join the UN Security Council.

PARIS, Oct 30, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday warmly welcomed the weekend re-election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil, and reaffirmed his support for Brazil's bid to join the UN Security Council.

"I want to tell you, with my full friendship, how glad I am of your success," Chirac said in a message to "Lula" that highlighted the Brazilian leader's efforts to make his country more socially equitable.

France is offering "strong support so that Brazil's place in the world is recognised in the framework of the reform in the United Nations," he said.

Brazil is one of several countries vying to have the UN Security Council expanded to include more members from different regions in the world.

That issue is one of several possibly to be discussed when Chirac receives the next UN chief, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, in Paris later this week.

Chirac also told his Brazilian counterpart that he wanted to boost bilateral ties and the cooperation between Europe and Latin America.

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