Zapatero hails strategic alliance with Brazil

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2005, BRASILIA-Spain's Socialist prime minister and Brazil's left-leaning president proclaimed a 'strategic alliance'.

25 January 2005

BRASILIA-Spain's Socialist prime minister and Brazil's left-leaning president proclaimed a 'strategic alliance'.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting in the Brazilian capital, Madrid will always be an ally in promoting projects to help society's most vulnerable members.

The two men put their names to the Declaration of Brasilia, described as the fleshing out of a another document, called the Strategic Association, that was signed by Spain and Brazil in November 2003, by Zapatero's predecessor Jose Maria Aznar.

Zapatero stressed the two governments' shared commitment to multilateralism and to preserving the important role of the United Nations in world affairs.

Zapatero pointed out that Spanish companies represent a big portion of foreign investment in Brazil and that firms in his country showed every sign of wanting to expand their operations in South America's largest market.

The Spanish leader expressed confidence about a successful conclusion to trade talks between the Brazilian-led Mercosur bloc and the European Union.

He added: "Spain is and will be the secure gateway and effective guarantee that the Ibero-American integration process has access to the European Union."

Lula, for his part, said: "Spain represented by Rodriguez Zapatero is an inspiration for Brazil."

He spoke warmly of what he called the democratic vocation of Spaniards and of their achievement in making of their country an "emerging power" with a voice of its own.

The Brazilian president also pointed to the role Spain can play in convincing other wealthy nations to join the fight against global poverty.

The two leaders spoke after signing a series of bilateral accords on tourism, education, the environment, agriculture and climate change.

Zapatero will arrive in Argentina on Tuesday on the second stop of a South American tour that will also take him to Chile.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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