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May 10, 2005
Question Taken at the May 10, 2005 Daily Press Briefing

U.S. Participation in the Arab-South American Summit in Brazil (Taken Question)

Question:   Did the United States ask the Brazilian government for permission to be an observer at the Summit of South America-Arab Countries?

Answer:   During the early stages of planning for this summit, we asked the host, Brazil, if they intended to invite observers. We were informed that the organizers would not invite observers, since the summit was expected to be covered widely by the media. They also noted that the only Western Hemisphere countries being invited to participate in this summit were South American states.

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