1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State:
"When President Trump and President Bolsonaro met at the White House last March they committed to expand, to strengthen our strategic partnership. That's why today we're holding our first strategic dialogue in seven years. But the change in our relationship is much bigger than any one meeting or set of meetings. We've entered a deep new important era in U.S. Brazil ties. Brazil under President Bolsonaro's leadership has importantly embraced a greater role for the free market, the best driver of economic growth and prosperity. And Brazil a major democracy firmly supports the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel as well. And Brazil has been a stalwart partner friend in the Lima group, helping us all together support the Venezuelan people."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ernesto Araujo, Foreign Minister of Brazil:
"Across the world now we see some signs of ideas that would question sovereignty. That would be in a sense of the case of Brazil that we are specifically in the Amazon, that we are maybe are not able to cope with the challenges of the environment there. We know that's not true. And our friends here in the U.S. know that's not true. When we want to be together in the endeavor to create development for the Amazon region which we are convinced that is the only way to really protect the forest. So we need new initiatives, new productive initiatives that create jobs, that create revenue for people in the Amazon and that's where our partnership of the United States will be very important for us."
Secretary of State Pompeo met with his visiting Brazilian counterpart Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at the State Department Friday. The two made statements to the press confirming the strategic partnerships between the two nations.
Secretary Pompeo said, "We've entered a deep, new, important era in U.S. Brazil ties."
Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in his statement addressed Brazils sovereignty in its efforts to take care of the growing challenges of the Amazon region.
He said that Brazil and the U.S. can work together on endeavors of development to protect the Amazon forest.