She spoke with Prince Felipe about commercial relations between the two countries in a meeting in the Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.
During this, the first meeting with a foreign leader for Rousseff in her short history as Brazilian president, the heir to the Spanish throne handed her a letter from his father, King Juan Carlos, inviting her to visit Spain.
They agreed that the presence of Spanish companies in Brazil was ‘positive for both countries’ and should be increased, taking advantage of the business opportunities presented by the World Cup football tournament in 2014 and Olympic games in 2016, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s largest city and former capital until Brasilia took on this status in 1960.
They spoke about the possibilities of increasing military and defence cooperation; promoting Spanish language teaching in Brazil; Spain’s role in helping Brazil combat poverty, and job opportunities for Spanish people in Brazil.
Prince Felipe had the chance to meet with various Spanish expatriates in Brazil before his return to Madrid.