Following is the text
of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s statement to the media
during the state visit of the President of Brazil, Ms. Dilma Rousseff in
New Delhi today:
“It is my proud privilege to welcome the President of Brazil, Her
Excellency Ms. Dilma Rousseff, to India on her first state visit. We
have just completed very fruitful discussions. President Rousseff is a
pioneer in many fields. She is the first Brazilian woman to be elected
to the office of the President of her country. Her personal zeal and
commitment to democracy, human rights and upliftment of the downtrodden
are well known. I have conveyed to her our deep admiration of her work
and her achievements. I congratulated her on receiving an Honorary
Doctorate from the University of Delhi. India and Brazil represent
diverse, multi-ethnic, vibrant democracies. We are both committed to
creating an international order that facilitates our efforts at poverty
eradication and social development. We have emerged as new growth poles
of the evolving global economy. We deeply value our cooperation in
various multilateral and plurilateral forums including the Fourth BRICS
Summit that was held yesterday. President Rousseff and I have agreed to
enhance our consultations on reform of global governance system,
particularly in the context of the reforms of the United Nations and in
the G-20 process. We have agreed to step up our efforts, particularly
towards the reform of the United Nations Security Council as G-4
We also agreed on the importance of IBSA and noted our cooperation in
third countries through the IBSA process. President Rousseff and I
exchanged views on various global developments. Our perspectives are
marked by a high degree of convergence. We are convinced that a
resolution to the crisis in West Asia can only be achieved through
dialogue and consultations.
India and Brazil share common perspectives on environmental issues.
Brazil will be hosting the important Rio+20 Conference on sustainable
development in June this year. I informed the President of our full
support to make this event a success. Our bilateral Strategic
Partnership has strengthened and deepened enormously. President Rousseff
and I have undertaken a comprehensive review of our relations, including
the work of the inter-governmental Joint Commission Meeting which met
last December in New Delhi. We directed our officials to take specific
steps to exploit the full potential in areas such as trade, education,
science and technology, environment, defence, space and nuclear energy.
Bilateral trade and investment flows have grown by leaps and bounds.
Yet, the President and I are in full agreement that these can be
enhanced even further. We agreed to take measures to promote greater
The reconstitution of the India-Brazil CEO’s Forum is a first step in
Our two countries face similar challenges in promoting inclusive growth.
Brazil has been successfully implementing various social welfare
programmes that hold relevance for India’s situation as well. We agreed
to exchange experiences in this field.
I conveyed to H.E. the President our interest in her innovative
initiative “Science without Borders,’’ aimed at upgrading scientific and
technological talent. We look forward to receiving Brazilian students in
our institutes of science and engineering.
The President and I underscored the need to enhance cultural and
people-to-people ties. The Cultural Exchange Programme that was signed
today will facilitate such interactions.
I am convinced that it is in our interest, and in the interest of the
world, to deepen the Strategic Partnership between India and Brazil in
every possible way. I look forward to working closely with President
Dilma Rousseff in this endeavour.”