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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday, October 14th, Brazil's Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina stressed the importance of the partnership with Portugal for the approval of the Mercosur-European Union Trade Agreement, stating that the country "will be Brazil's great ally in the discussions."

The statement comes two days after Portugal's Agriculture Minister, Maria do Céu Antunes, declared that her country is committed to the swift approval of this agreement. The subject was discussed by the two representatives during the Brazilian Minister's trip to Europe.

"We discussed the presidency of the European Union Council, which . . .

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