Brazil backs Angola bid to join UN Security Council: President

BRASILIA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Monday said Brazil will support Angola's bid to join the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member.

After meeting with visiting Angolan President Jose Edoardo dos Santos, Rousseff also underscored the two countries' increasingly close and expanded ties at a press conference.

"Brazil and Angola are sister countries, linked by linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historical ties (and) our relationship has progressed through the years and gotten stronger. Our strategic alliance will become increasingly more intensified," she said.

In the international sphere, Rousseff acknowledged Angola's key role in the economic development of Guinea Bissau.

"We agree that Brazil and Angola are important players in the democratization process of international ties," she said.

Rousseff said she assured Santos that Brazil will continue to participate in the Angola's industrial development through such Brazilian firms as Odebrecht, Vale, Camargo Correa, Queiroz Galvao and Andrade Gutierrez, all involved in infrastructure projects in the African nation.

Angola's national airline operates daily flights between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and Luanda, noted Rousseff, adding "we actively operate as strategic partners in very important areas, for the development of Angola and Brazil."

As part of defense cooperation, Angola's Air Force purchased six Supertucano aircraft from Brazilian firm Embraer in 2009, and the two countries are now exploring possible joint projects in the naval industry.

During their meeting, the two leaders looked at ways to boost bilateral trade and investment, said Rousseff, and signed a protocol to extend the validity of business visas to 24 months.

Santos began his official visit on Monday, after attending the opening match of the World Cup on June 12 in Sao Paulo.

The UN Security Council is composed of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members that serve for two-year periods.

[ Editor: lsm ]