HC Deb 24 July 1985 vol 83 c587W
44. Mr. Hayes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Brazil.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

I paid an official visit to Brazil from 8 to 10 July. I had two sessions of talks with the Foreign Minister Dr. Setubal covering bilateral relations, including the opportunities for increasing trade, international questions and Brazil's economic position. I also called on President Sarney, the Finance Minister and the President of Central Bank and paid short visits to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. I met groups of businessmen in both cities, and addressed the British Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paolo. Relations between the United Kingdom and Brazil are excellent: I found everywhere on my visit a wish to develop them still further.

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