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Wednesday 25th July 2012 | 19:48
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
“The Prime Minister met President Rousseff at No10 today, welcoming her to Downing Street for the first time. The Prime Minister said that there were major opportunities for both countries to strengthen trade and investment links and to build wider co-operation between Government, businesses, universities and civil society - especially in the areas of science, education, energy and defence.
“The leaders discussed the Eurozone and the global economy and agreed on the importance of increasing competitiveness as well as dealing with sovereign debt to strengthen global economic prospects. With the UK now the 4th largest foreign investor in Brazil, the Prime Minister pressed the case for continued liberalisation of trade between Brazil and the EU and the need to maximise business links between the two countries.
“They agreed on the need for international co-operation to achieve a peaceful and lasting resolution to the problems posed by the Iranian nuclear programme and also to end the crisis in Syria.
“The Prime Minister offered continued close Olympic cooperation to President Rousseff sharing best practice from London 2012 as Brazil prepares for the Rio Games in 2016. Rousseff thanked him and said that she was very much looking forward to learning from the London experience."