Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
April 9, 2012
Good morning. It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate the strong ties between Brazil and the United States, and to talk, starting this morning and going through the day, about how we can strengthen and deepen those ties.
I want to thank Tom Donohue and the extraordinary staff of the chamber for the work that you do every day, and in particular, for your commitment to this relationship. You know, as does our government, that it is one of the most consequential relationships for the 21st century. And I want to welcome my friend and colleague, the foreign minister of Brazil. It’s a great pleasure to work with Antonio on a broad range of issues, but none more important than our commitment to seeking out new, creative, enduring ways to really bind the peoples of our two countries together.
I am delighted that we also have this visit of President Rousseff here today, because when I think about the extraordinary leadership she is providing to Brazil, it makes eminent sense that she would be leading the way for Brazil and the United States’ relationship, along with President Obama, to find those lasting ties and illustrate in a very public, visible way how important they are. MORE