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N E W S R E L E A S E

N Q D A T E

D7 . 24 February 1978

BRAZIL-AUSTRALIA : FOREIGN MINISTERS EXCHANGE LETTERS

The Brazilian Secretary-General of External Relations, His Excellency Ambassador Ramiro. Saraiva Guerreiro, visited Canberra from 22 to 24 February» Ambassador Guerreiro called : on the Foreign Minister, Mr Andrew Peacock, for discussions

and to deliver a letter from the Brazilian Foreign Minister, His Excellency Ambassador A»F„ Azeredo da Silveira.

This letter, and Mr Peacock's reply, jointly examines , the development and future potential of relations between Australia and Brazil. They underline the close agreement which exists between the Australian and Brazilian Foreign Ministers · .

concerning the steps which need to be taken to strengthen bilateral relations.

The letters made the following points:

. Australia and Brazil had the potential to achieve a much closer relationship, b ut, for this to occur, improved institutional, financial and transport arrangements were required.

. Trade development, and co-operation in industry, agriculture and technology were emphasised. Both Governments would encourage, where possible, the creation of institutions'to facilitate such

co-operation. .

. Long-term contracts between relevant enterprises would be encouraged.

. Brazil intends to establish trading companies and bonded warehouses to facilitate import and export activities in Australia.

. Similarities of climate and soil were recognised to facilitate complementary links in agricultural research programs, specifically between CSIRO and EMBRAPA (Brazilian National Agricultural Research Organisation)» Closer scientific and technological co-operation was also regarded as a possibility.

. The difference in population numbers and consumer markets and in reserves of natural resources, it was agreed, could provide a basis for complementary activity,

. In addition to the representative office of the Bank of Brazil in Sydney, Brazil intends to create a finance house in Australia. ■

. In the field of mineral resources, there has been progress already;in specific negotiations.between relevant enterprises and organisations of the two countries.

. Attention is already being given to maritime transport, the development of which is vital for the realisation of all the activities already initiated or planned.

A more detailed account of the content of the letters and of our relations with Brazil can be obtained frofn the Department of Foreign Affairs. ; ■