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Secretary Rice: Travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico, March 8-14, 2007

Secretary Rice and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim sign an advance biofuel agreement between their two countries,  March 9, 2007, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Advancing Cooperation With Brazil on Biofuels
Secretary Rice and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a memorandum of understanding to advance cooperation on biofuels. The agreement highlights the importance of biofuels as a transformative force in the region to diversify energy supplies, bolster economic prosperity, advance sustainable development, and protect the environment. As the world’s two largest producers of ethanol, the U.S. and Brazil intend to advance the research and development of new technologies to promote biofuels use.  more

Secretary Rice traveled with the President and Mrs. Bush to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. This trip underscored the commitment of the United States to the Western Hemisphere and highlighted our common agenda to advance freedom, prosperity, and social justice and deliver the benefits of democracy in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunity.

In São Paulo, Brazil, President Bush met with President Luíz Inacio “Lula” da Silva to discuss a range of issues, including alternative energy, as well as meet with other leaders of Brazilian society. The President then traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay, to conduct bilateral meetings with President Tabaré Vázquez, reciprocating his visit to Washington in May 2006. President Bush traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, to meet with President Álvaro Uribe and underscore the United States’ commitment to supporting that nation’s successful battle against narcoterrorism and efforts to improve the lives of the Colombian people. The President also visited Guatemala to experience the rich cultural diversity of this Central American nation, meet with President Oscar Berger, and emphasize the close relationship between our two countries. The President concluded his trip with a visit to Mexico to emphasize our strong partnership with Mexico and to demonstrate support for President Felipe Calderón’s efforts to address poverty and income inequality, restore law and order, fight the common threat of drug trafficking, and strengthen our economic relationship.

Complete List of Secretary Rice's 2007 Travels

Remarks made during the trip 
--03/13/07  Interview With Joaquin Lopez-Doriga of Televisa
--03/14/07  President Bush and President Calderón Participate in a Joint Press Availability
--03/14/07  President Bush Meets with Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarship (TIES) Recipients
--03/13/07  President Bush and President Calderón of Mexico Exchange Dinner Toasts
--03/13/07  President Bush and President Calderón of Mexico Exchange Luncheon Toasts
--03/13/07  President Bush and President Calderón Participate in Arrival Ceremony
--03/12/07  President Bush and President Berger of Guatemala Participate in Joint Press Availability
--03/12/07  President Bush and President Berger of Guatemala Participate in Arrival Ceremony
--03/12/07  President Bush Visits Labradores Mayas
--03/11/07  President Bush Participates in Roundtable on Afro-Colombian Outreach;
--03/11/07  President Bush and President Uribe of Colombia Participate in a Joint Press Availability
--03/11/07  President Bush and President Uribe of Columbia Exchange Toasts
--03/10/07  President Bush and President Vázquez of Uruguay Participate in Joint Press Availability
--03/09/07  President Bush Participates in a Community Roundtable in Brazil
--03/09/07  President Bush Participates in a Joint Press Availability with President Lula of Brazil
--03/09/07  President Bush and President Lula of Brazil Discuss Biofuel Technology
--03/07/07  Interview of the President by Enrique Gratas, Univision
--03/07/07  Interview of the President by Juan Carlos Lopez, CNN En Español
--03/07/07  Interview of the President by Natalia Orozco, RCN TV of Colombia
--03/06/07  Roundtable Interview of the President by Foreign Print Journalists
--03/05/07  Remarks by President Bush on Western Hemisphere Policy 
--03/11/07  Press Gaggle by Special Assistant Fisk and Assistant Secretary Shannon
--03/07/07  Assistant Secretary Shannon Hosts "Ask the White House"
--03/07/07  Assistant Secretary Shannon Briefs on the President's Trip to Latin America

Information related to the trip 

White House Site on President's Trip to Latin America 
--03/14/07  Joint U.S.-Mexico Communique
--03/09/07  Media Note United States and Brazil Advance Cooperation on Biofuels
--03/09/07  Fact Sheet Advancing Cooperation with Brazil on Biofuels
--03/05/07  Fact Sheet Advancing the Cause of Social Justice in the Western Hemisphere


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