Brazil-U.S. Relations: A Conversation with Ernesto Araújo

The minister of foreign relations highlighted that the Brazil-U.S. alliance is built for the long run, based on the "objectives for what we want for our nations and our people."

In a COA conversation on Brazil-U.S. relations with Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, the diplomat highlighted the similarities between Brazil and the United States, and the importance of nurturing the like-minded relationship. Araújo highlighted Brazil's project of transforming itself "into a country driven by the private sector." From agribusiness to industrialization, he noted that the South American country's commitment to accomplishing more trade integration with the United States and beyond is key.

Araújo referenced examples of ongoing bilateral cooperation, such as partnering on a World Trade Organization reform to help level the playing field on issues like state-owned enterprises and agricultural subsidies, and also assured that Brazil "will work together with the Biden administration—it's the natural thing to do," affirming also that his country is "absolutely together" with its North American counterpart on climate action. But he also said: "We need to see more commitment from developed countries in terms of financial commitments" to multilateral environmental pacts like the Paris Agreement. Araújo was optimistic about Brazil's fight against COVID-19, saying that vaccinations will help the economy "take hold again."