Brazilian official sources have confirmed that U S President Donald Trump will seek strengthened ties with Brazil, to a level usually reserved for NATO allies, during Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Washington next week, Reuters reported on Friday March 15th.
According to the Washington Post, Trump and Bolsonaro represent the hemisphere’s two largest democracies, and both style themselves as radical disrupters of the status quo.
Two Brazilian government officials, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the anticipated meeting will boost growing cooperation between the Americas' two largest militaries. The White House declined to comment.
Brazil enjoys the status of "major non-NATO ally" (MNNA), a privilege that gives a country preferential access to the purchase of US military equipment and technology. The Brazilian officials said they have been negotiating the designation since the beginning of this year.
The MNNA designation would ease the transfer of defense technology at a time when Brazil's aerospace industry has forged new ties with the U S, including a planned tie-up between Boeing, and Brazilian plane-maker Embraer SA, on both defense and commercial aircraft.
The U S and Brazil have also reached an accord over US space technology, that the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets using its launch centre near the equator, officials said on Monday March 11th . They expect the deal to be sealed in Washington next week.
Brazil targets $300 billion-a-year from US companies interested in sending up small satellites at a lower cost from the Alcantara base, run by the Brazilian Air Force on the Atlantic coast.
The US already seeks deepening ties with Brazil, irrespective of its designation as a major non-NATO ally. According to an interview with Reuters earlier this week, the head of the US military's southern command, Admiral Craig Faller, highlighted that bilateral ties could include sharing of intelligence and information, more robust participation in military exercises and more educational exchanges.