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Background: The Foreign Minister of the Ivory Coast, Mr. Arsene Usher Assouan, has been on a six-day official visit to Brazil. The visit is the first by a prominent African politician under the Brazilian Government's current policy of forging closer ties with the countries of Africa. During November, ministers from Ghana and Nigeria will also arrive in Brazil for talks with Government officials.
The cultural ties between Africa and Brazil date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when thousands of Africans, mainly from the West Coast and Angola, were taken to South America by Portuguese slave traders. The culture they brought with them has influenced Brazilian music, art, cooking, clothes and customs.
Today there are at least 36 million people of African descent in the country - more than a third of Brazil's population. This fact highlights the dilemma facing the Brazilian Government in its relations with Africa. The independent African countries are strongly opposed to what they term "Portuguese colonialism", but Brazil is on friendly terms with the Portuguese and enjoys special privileged statue.
In the United Nations, Brazil has supported the idea of self-determination for African countries in general terms, but has avoided condemning Portugal specifically. But because of their historical and cultural links, Brazil increasingly regards Africa as an important market for its booming export industry, and a natural trading partner.
During three days of talks with Brazilian Government officials Mr. Assouan urged the Brazilian Government to mediate between Portugal and its African colonies which are seeking independence. The Ivory Coast Foreign Minister expressed the fear that the guerilla war in Guinea-Bissau might spread or lead to the involvement of outside powers.
On Friday (9 November), Mr. Assouan, accompanied by his wife, opened an exhibition of African Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
The Foreign Minister was due to leave Brazil on Monday (12 November).
SYNOPSIS: In Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, an exhibition of African Art was opened on Friday, at the Museum of Modern Art. The guest of honour at the opening ceremony, was the Foreign Minister of the Ivory Coast, Monsieur Arsene Usher Assouan, who was in Brazil on a six-day official visit. He is the first of several African politicians who will be visiting the country during the next month.
The visits are part of the Brazilian Government's policy to forge a closer relationship with the countries of Africa. The cultural and historical links between Africa and Brazil stretch back over four centuries, when thousands of Africans were taken to South America by Portuguese slave traders. Today, a third of Brazil's population is of African descent, and the culture brought over by the slaves centuries ago, continues to influence Brazilian art, music, cooking, clothes and customs to a remarkable degree.
Many of the exhibits display styles and techniques than can be found throughout Brazil's modern culture. The Brazilian Government recognises the natural affinity between their country and the African nations, and it sees Africa as an important market for its booming export trade. The Africans consider that the greatest obstacle to improved trade is Brazil's friendly relationship with Portugal - a country that in African eyes continues to refuse independence to its African colonies.