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Vol 52 No 2

Published 21st January 2011

Brazil’s natural allies

Brazil’s political involvement in Portuguese-speaking Africa goes back to the independence struggles of the 1960s and 1970s. In July 1974, the military junta which then ruled Brazil recognised the independence of Guinea-Bissau. A year later, it was the first foreign power to recognise the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique government in newly independent Mozambique. Then in November 1975, it defied Washington by recognising the Movimento Popular de la Libertação de Angola government. Brazilian troops contributed to peacekeeping in Mozambique in 1994; in 1995, their military engineers were in Angola, clearing land-mines and rebuilding infrastructure. Brazil also has sold significant quantities of arms in Africa, as part of cooperation agreements.

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