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India, Brazil uniquely placed for working together : PM

Posted on Nov 22, 09:04PM | UNI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India and Brazil were uniquely placed for working together for a better world and although both countries were separated by oceans, they were united by similar values, challenges and aspirations.

Speaking at a function here to honour former Brazilian President Lula da'Silva with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2010, the Prime Minister said his relationship with the Brazilian leader was "more than agreements" and ties between the two countries had transformed during Mr Lula da'Silva's presidentship.

Describing the Brazilian leader as a "man of indomitable spirit," the Prime Minister said Mr Lula's ardent faith in the role and potential of IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa Forum) was a manifestation of his vision for developing countries and emerging economies, including an open, equitable international trading system, a sustainable world, welfare of the poor and human rights and democracy.