Brazil’s Vice-President and Minister of Defense, José Alencar, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, Mohamed Benaissa, Thurday, January 19, in BrasÀ­lia.

    According to a note issued by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil and Morocco enjoy a "good political understanding."

    Morocco was in favor of holding the South America-Arab Countries Summit in Brasí­lia, in March, 2005, and, according to the note, is interested in hosting the second meeting, in 2008.

    Bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to US$ 725.4 million last year. The balance favored Brazil by US$ 102.7 million.

    Brazil exported US$ 414 million to Morocco, 76% more than in 2002, while Brazilian imports from Morocco rose from US$ 146.4 million in 2002 to US$ 311.3 million in 2005.

    The Brazilian minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, also met with Benaissa to discuss matters of bilateral interest. After their meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a luncheon was offered by the Brazilian chancellor to honor his Moroccan counterpart.

    Benaissa, who accompanied King Mohamed VI on his visit to Brazil in 2004, brought a letter addressed by the king of Morocco to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

    ABr

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