Emerging Power Brazil Must Act Responsibly to Improve Relationship with U.S., Ros-Lehtinen Says

Urges Obama to Discuss Brazil's Troubling Approach to Cuba, Palestinian Statehood Scheme during Rousseff Visit

Thursday, April 5, 2012

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to discuss several policies of the Brazilian government which run counter to U.S. interests. For a signed copy of the letter, please click here. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“As Brazil continues to emerge as a global power, it is important that its actions and policies reflect those of a responsible nation. I am concerned about a number of foreign policy stances by Brazil which run counter to U.S. interests and the interests of global security and human rights, and aid repressors and extremists.

“It is disappointing that Brazil has not shown leadership in standing up for basic rights for the Cuban people, and instead is expanding business with the Castro regime. Similarly, rather than standing with Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, Brazil has backed unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, which threatens any chance at true peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Further, Brazil’s unwillingness to harshly penalize the Iranian and Syrian regimes for their dangerous policies and human rights abuses is deeply disappointing.

“I urge President Obama to raise these issues when he meets with President Rousseff next week, and hope that Brazil revisits these policies.”

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