In Latin America, relations between Mexico and Brazil are expected to improve following the state visit to Mexico by Brazilian President General Ernesto Geisel.
In Latin America, relations between Mexico and Brazil are expected to improve following the state visit to Mexico by Brazilian President General Ernesto Geisel. Until about twelve months ago Mexican foreign policy had been openly hostile towards Brazil and observers say the state visit has helped break the ice after several years of chilly relations.
SYNOPSIS: One of the stops on the Brazilian president's tour was a visit to the Independence Monument in Mexico City, the country's capital. General Geisel was accompanied by senior officials of the Mexican government.
The Brazilian leader's state visit is regarded by observers as marking a new stage in relations between the two countries. Under the previous Mexican President, Luis Echeverria, Mexico had no time for Brazil or any other of Latin America's right-wing military regimes. But under his successor, President Jose Lopez Portillo, Mexico has adopted a more pragmatic foreign policy and has tried to establish more friendly relations with Brazil.
According to observers, the state visit of President Geisel has shown Mexicans that Brazil is pleased with the change in attitudes and is keen to further links.
One way of doing this is through joint commercial ventures and a number were on the agenda when the Brazilian President met President Portillo. The two leaders discussed aircraft construction and petrochemicals. But Mexican hopes of selling oil to Brazil were dashed. Brazil can apparently get it cheaper from the Middle East.