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Brazilís Minister of Foreign Affairs Holds Meeting in Madrid

Minister Alfonso Dastis and Minister Josť Serra had a meeting on November 23rd in Madrid in order to talk about their bilateral relationship

November 30th, 2016
Susanna Mancini, CD News
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Minister Serra was received on 22nd November by His Majesty, King Felipe VI, and by the President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy. The ministers agreed to strengthen the political dialogue and concentrate on the main issues on their international and regional agenda.

The meeting was a continuation of high-level meetings between authorities in Spain and Brazil, which took place in less than five months, according to a communiqué agreed by both countries.

Issues such as Brazilian-Spanish cooperation in the sectors of science, technology and innovation, trade and investments had been raised by Serra, who will also review the negotiations to reach an agreement of free trade between the Market of the South (Mercosur) and the European Union (EU).

Dastis and Serra consider that it is a good moment to deepen an "already vigorous relationship, founded on the solid economic, commercial, cultural and educational”.

Spain is the second foreign investor in Brazil, and the Ibero-American country is among the top three destinations for new Spanish investments abroad. Bilateral trade flows continue to grow, despite a year of contraction. Brazil is currently the most important market for Spain in Latin America.

The objective of the event has been to present projects and opportunities in new businesses and concessions to Spanish companies and investors envisaged by the Government of Temer, in particular for the improvement of the transport and infrastructure services.

Both ministers also expressed their satisfaction at the recent progress in the negotiations between the EU and Mercosur to achieve the bilateral partnership agreement.

Minister José Serra highlighted the role of Spain in the European Union and its vision of the agreement. "Brazil and Spain have decided to continue working together for the success of the negotiations," the statement said. During his visit, Serra invited the King and Mariano Rajoy to visit Brazil. 

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