Brazil and the U.S. have agreed to work at reducing barriers in bilateral trade, Brazilian President Michel Temer said Tuesday following a meeting in Brasília with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Pence began a two-day Brazil visit Tuesday, part of a Latin America swing. Following the meeting, Temer told reporters, “We both agreed to work at eliminating trade barriers between our two countries.” Temer said he and Pence discussed recent U.S. imposition of quotas on Brazilian steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. but without any assurance the quotas will be lifted in the short term. Other topics included the influx of Venezuelan refugees into Brazilian territory and the problem of illegal Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. On the economic side, Temer sought U.S. support in Brazil’s bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The two officials also discussed a possible joint agreement to boost cooperation in the areas of science and space exploration. One possibility is an accord that would open Brazil’s Alcântara launch site in the Northeast to use by NASA.
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