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Brazil, Britain talk trade and shooting

March 9, 2006 at 3:09 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- Brazilian and British leaders talked trade in meetings that were overshadowed by lingering concerns about last year's killing of a Brazilian man in London.

In his first trip to Britain, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stressed during talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair the need to hammer out a comprehensive global trade agreement, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

Lula said that without a deal developing nations like Brazil would suffer from inequalities in global trade regulations that favor the world's wealthiest nations. The center-left Brazilian president has made promoting fair global trade a priority during his three years in office.

The Brazilian president also reiterated his concern about the death of a Brazilian man last year in London and said he would visit with his family during his three-day visit.

Last July British authorities mistakenly shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes in a London metro station thinking he was a possible terror suspect following the train and bus bombings that killed nearly three dozen people.

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