British PM plans trade-boosting Brazil visit in 2011

15th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday he hopes to visit Brazil and Russia next year as part of a broader mission to boost his country's global economic standing.

"Next year I plan to visit Brazil and Russia," the leader said at a speech to business figures in London.

"There are some who say that Britain is embarked on an inevitable path of decline. I want to take this argument head on. Britain remains a great economic power."

Cameron has targeted developing countries as the lynchpin of Britain's future foreign trade policy and has recently completed business-boosting visits to China and India as-well as attending the G20 summit in Seoul.

"We must link our economy up with the fastest growing parts of the world, placing our commercial interests at the heart of our foreign policy," Cameron said."

However, the British leader also expressed commitment to older friends.

"We will continue to build on our special relationship with America," he added.

"It is not just special, it is crucial - because it is based on solid practical foundations such as our cooperation on defence, counter-terrorism and intelligence."

Russia remains an untapped market for Britain, but the two countries are at loggerheads over Russia's refusal to extradite the main suspect in the London murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said "serious differences" existed between the two countries after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow last month.

© 2010 AFP

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