Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in an article for the Brazilian magazine Epoca Negocios that Madrid's relationship with the leading Latin American economy is "strategic" and that he wants "more Brazil in Spain and more Spain in Brazil."
The issue that published the article went on sale Tuesday in Brasilia on the eve of a visit to Spain by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
She flies Thursday to the southern city of Cadiz to attend the 22nd Ibero-American Summit, and afterwards will go to Madrid for talks with Rajoy and King Juan Carlos and to take part in a forum of businessmen from the two countries.
Rajoy believes trade relations with Brazil "will be strengthened" in the coming years and cites as an example "the great potential for collaboration in the field of infrastructures" as the South American nation prepares to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
At the same time he referred to "important programs" of the Brazilian government in other infrastructure areas such as highways, ports and airports, and in particular the project for a high-speed passenger rail between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
In all these areas, Spanish companies can offer their "great technical capability" and experience, to expand an already close relationship that has made Spain the second-largest foreign investor in Brazil with an accumulated 47 billion euros ($59.7 billion) by the end of 2011, Rajoy said. EFE