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Powell Begins Visit to Brazil for Talks on Haiti, Venezuela - 2004-10-05

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Brazil for talks with leaders on key regional issues.

Mr. Powell is due to confer with Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva Tuesday in the capital, Brasilia. Their discussions are expected to focus on Haiti and relations with neighboring Venezuela.

Mr. Powell's two-day visit also includes talks with business leaders in Sao Paulo, Brazil's financial center.

Monday, Mr. Powell praised the Brazilian government for commanding peacekeeping forces in Haiti, and for helping to ease political tensions in Venezuela.

On his way back to the United States Wednesday, Secretary Powell is expected to stop in Grenada to offer U.S. support for the Caribbean Island that was devastated last month by Hurricane Ivan.