Washington DC, 8 April 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, and Brazilian Minister of Defense, José Múcio Monteiro, recently had a phone conversation to discuss their countries’ strong defense relationship.

In their discussion, the two leaders reaffirmed their mutual commitment to deepening cooperation on regional and global issues, building on Brazil’s status as a major Non-NATO ally.

The leaders emphasized the importance of ensuring that the armed forces uphold the highest standards with respect to human rights, the rule of law, and democracy.

Secretary Austin acknowledged the role of Brazilian military forces in supporting humanitarian relief efforts in response to recent disasters in Turkiye and Chile and also recognized the steps the Brazilian military is taking to protect the Amazon region.

During their conversation, Secretary Austin noted his visit to Brazil during the successful Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in 2022.

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The two leaders agreed to maintain an open dialogue and work together to advance the stability, prosperity, and security of the Western Hemisphere.

The strong defense relationship between the US and Brazil plays a significant role in promoting regional and global security. As Secretary Austin noted, “I look forward to working with the Brazilian Minister of Defense to advance regional and global security.”

“As we move forward, it is important to continue to engage in open dialogue and work together to address regional and global security challenges.”

This conversation is just one example of the ongoing collaboration between the US and Brazil to maintain a stable and secure Western Hemisphere. Both countries recognize that their partnership is critical to advancing peace and prosperity in the region.

In a nutshell, the US remains committed to supporting its allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and looks forward to further strengthening its relationship with Brazil in the years to come.