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U.S. Military Agreement With Brazil to Prompt Joint Defense Deal

  • Accord marks new relationship between Brazil and U.S.
  • Product development, further accords in other areas to follow

Brazil and the U.S. signed a military agreement that paves the way for the joint development and sale of defense products, the Brazilian defense ministry said.

The accord, which does not require congressional approval, is the latest sign of a foreign policy change in Latin America’s largest economy after more than a decade of left-wing rule ended with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff last year. It also marks renewed Brazilian efforts to develop a nascent defense industry.

“The document is another step toward closer ties with the Americans, permitting important partnerships in technology that will provide an important incentive for our defense industry as a whole,” Flavio Basilio, secretary for defense products at the defense ministry told Bloomberg after the signing of the agreement late on Wednesday.

The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia declined to comment for this story.

Two other military deals are being discussed and could pave the way for U.S. use of Brazil’s rocket launch site Alcantara, said Basilio.

Bloomberg first reported on the signing of the deal on Wednesday.

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