SAO PAULO - The top U.S. envoy for public diplomacy on Monday
described Brazil as a hemispheric leader and praised Latin
America's largest country for its efforts to combat AIDSs,
poverty and drug trafficking.
Karen Hughes, Undersecretary of State of Public Diplomacy and
Public Affairs, made her remarks while addressing close to 150
journalism students at Sao Paulo's Mackenzie University.
Hughes arrived in this city on Sunday from Chile, where she
accompanied Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the
inauguration of that country's new president Michelle Bachelet.
Hughes said Brazil should be commended for helping
Portuguese-speaking African nations,like Mozambique, combat
HIV/AIDs and for leading the United Nations peacekeeping forces
She highlighted President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Zero Hunger
program - a food distribution program that seeks to eradicate
hunger among the estimated 54 million Brazilians who live on a
dollar a day or less. - and said President George W. Bush has
doubled U.S. development assistance to Latin America.
Hughes told the students that that Brazil and the U.S. work
closely together to fight terrorists and drug lords that she said
threaten the survival of the rule of law in the region.
Hughes also met with opinion makers - economists, sociologists,
and media leaders - and visited a slum where a Brazilian
organization sponsors a social inclusion program for
She was scheduled to leave Tuesday for Colombia - the third leg
of her trip that also includes Panama and El Salvador.