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Colombia in Lula´s Agenda in Venezuela

Last Friday, August 6, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva carried out official visit to Venezuela, in the mark of the quarterly presidential meetings begun in December of 2007.

That was the tenth meeting between the presidents since them.

From Venezuela, he followed to Bogota where he participated of the inauguration of the elected president Juan Manuel Santos.

Lula used the visits to discuss with Hugo Chávez and Santos a solution for the ‘Colombia-Venezuela’ diplomatic crisis.

There is no forecast for a meeting between Lula and the president Álvaro Uribe, who left the power after eight years.

The presidency of the Republic informed that Lula was going to use the opportunity to reiterate the Brazilian arrangement in helping in the recovering of the dialog between Colombia and Venezuela, but he wouldn´t take a formal proposal.

In the president’s opinion, the crisis must be surpassed with the mediation of the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR).

The government believes that Lula´s presence in the inauguration of Juan Manuel Santos constituted clear gesture of the Brazilian interest in the growth of the bilateral relations.

Venezuela

Last Friday, Lula and Chávez valued the results of the cooperation at the sector of the agriculture (the Brazilian company Embrapa), of the bank inclusion and of the urbanization of slums (Federal Savings Bank).

They examined equally the cooperation given by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) – which is installing an office in Caracas – and by the Brazilian Agency of Industrial Development (ABDI), as well as the advancements in the frontier integration and the perspectives of bigger cooperation in the social sector.

The meeting served, still, for exchange of opinions about subjects of the regional agenda, especially the strengthening of the integration in the context of the UNASUR.

In the first six months of 2010, the bilateral commercial exchange totalized US$ 2.2 billions, with growth of 20.7 percent regarding the same period in 2009.

The Brazilian exports reached US$ 1.7 billion, and the imports originating from Venezuela added up US$ 464 millions.

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