Tổng thống Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vừa ghé thăm Việt Nam sau cuộc họp thượng đỉnh G8 ở Nhật. Ông đã đến viếng lăng Bác Hồ và tượng đài liệt sĩ. Sau đây là một vài phát biểu của ông:
"Chuyện mà Việt Nam đã làm có ý nghĩa lớn hơn nhiều so với một chiến thắng đơn thuần và đáng được nhận lãnh sự tôn trọng của toàn nhân loại."
"Chiến thắng của các bạn là chiến thắng của những kẻ bị áp bức và chúng tôi cũng cảm thấy tự hào về nó."
"Người Việt Nam luôn biết cách bảo vệ chủ quyền và độc lập của mình. Với cùng một sự kiên định như trong đấu tranh giành độc lập, Việt Nam cũng đã tự làm nổi bật mình với tỉ lệ phát triển và hoạt động kinh tế tốt."
by Frank Zeller
HANOI (AFP) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday praised Vietnam's war-time success against the United States as a "victory of the oppressed" on a visit to the communist country.
Lula and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Minh Triet also pledged to support each other in the bid for greater representation of developing nations in the global political and trade arenas.
The Brazilian leader, on a one-day visit after attending the Group of Eight summit in Japan, went to the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh and laid a wreath at the war veterans' memorial.
"What Vietnam did was much more than winning the war and deserves the respect of all of mankind," the former leftist union leader said, after he was received with military honours at the presidential palace.
"Your victory was a victory of the oppressed and we feel proud of it," he said, according to a translation of his speech provided by his delegation.
Lula also praised the post-war economic recovery of unified Vietnam, which has seen annual growth rates of over seven percent for the past decade and rapidly reduced poverty to less than 20 percent of its population.
"Vietnamese people have always known how to defend their sovereignty and independence," Lula said. "With the same perseverance with which it achieved its independence, Vietnam distinguishes itself with the good performance and the high growth rates of its economy."
Ministers for both sides signed cooperation agreements on fighting poverty, in science and technology, and in sports development, and they also reaffirmed a pact to share experiences in developing biofuels.
"Combating hunger and social exclusion is our number one priority," said Lula, speaking for both countries. "We have shown that it's possible to maintain a certain balance between sustained and rapid economic growth and the reduction of social and regional inequalities."
Triet thanked Lula for supporting Vietnam's 2007 World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession and non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, which it chairs this month.
He also reaffirmed Vietnam's support for Brazil's bid for a permanent seat on the Security Council.
Lula said he was certain "that Vietnam shares with us the vision that global problems cannot be solved only by the main industrialised countries."
On global trade talks, where Brazil has led calls for a regime fairer to poor countries, Lula called Vietnam "an important ally in the struggle to put an end to distortions in international trade."
Lula also said ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Vietnam is a member, and South America's Mercosur trading bloc will for the first time meet in November.
On a lighter note, Triet complimented his guest on Brazil's samba music, and Lula welcomed him to visit Brazil for the Carnival.
It was the first visit by a Brazilian president since the countries established relations in 1989.
Lula -- travelling with aerospace, energy, mining, defence and other industry representatives -- also joined a business meeting to find ways to boost two-way trade, which reached just over 300 million dollars last year.
He was later to hold talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh, who visited Brazil in May last year.
Lula next visits Portuguese-speaking East Timor and Indonesia.