Brazil and the United States have signed an accord that will permit exchanges of military information, an agreement that opens the way to joint development of military technologies, the Brazilian Defense Ministry said. The accord is known as a Master Information Exchange Agreement (MIEA) and follows long negotiations between the two countries. Previous fruits of such talks include accords on overall defense cooperation and on security measures necessary in dealing with military information between the two countries. The latest agreement was signed on Wednesday. Flávio Basílio, Brazil’s deputy defense minister in charge of military hardware, said, “This (the MIEA) is a step toward greater cooperation with the Americans.” He said the accord was likely to produce benefits for bot h countries, including both the development of new military technologies as well as production of military hardware.
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