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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Obamas Arrive In Brazil

Receive Warm Welcome
 "The presence amongst us of Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha, and of an important delegation with the authorities of the Cabinet, politicians and businessmen and women reinforce the spirit of friendship that we gather here. "  -   President Rousseff of Brazil  at Official toast and luncheon.

President Rousseff points out many 'firsts', and similarities, during the Obama's visit to Brazil.

"As I said today in the morning, it is a fact that we should celebrate that the first woman President of Brazil will receive today and host the first President Afro descent of the United States of America. (Applause.)

And this is even more important and has a greater significance when we remember that the U.S. and Brazil are the two countries that has the largest black population outside Africa. Our countries have common traits to deepen our affinities amongst our peoples, to make our friendship ties even closer and more meaningful and everlasting, a relationship that is based only on formal agreements amongst governments.

We are multi ethnical democracies. We have a long track record of the struggle of the minorities and for the respect in favor of diversity and against discrimination and intolerance. We value freedom, equality and independence of peoples and nations. We have high regards of our sovereignty."

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