By Amy Skalmusky, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It has been an important year for the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro. From U.S. President Barak Obama's visit in March to preparations for the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, the Consulate has played a critical role in strengthening ties as well as encouraging business and educational opportunities between Brazil and the United States.

Along with President Obama's visit this year, the U.S. Consulate hosted numerous official . . .

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