Foreign policy praised

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In an interview in the Folha de Sáo Paulo on 15 November 2010, Celso Amorim reflected on his eight years as Brazilian foreign minister and said a 'proud and active' foreign policy has contributed to the country playing a significantly expanded role on the world stage.

Brazil's increased importance in international affairs is based not only on its sustained economic growth and much–lauded social advances, he said, but also on its 'daring' foreign policy. He suggested that a willingness to adopt clear positions has been a defining characteristic of Brazil's foreign policy, giving President Lula's condemnation of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an example. Amorim believes Brazil's new status is demonstrated by its inclusion in all major multilateral discussions on issues such as trade, climate change and the international financial system, and also by universal recognition that reform of the UN Security Council will not be possible without the inclusion of Brazil as a permanent member. He also stressed the importance of 'multipolarity' in international affairs, saying 'a little more balance' was needed to ensure that instead of any single power imposing its will, 'various visions of the world' will be brought to bear on major global issues. Among the foreign policy achievements during his time in office, Amorim recalled Brazil's leading role in defending the interests of agricultural–exporting developing countries by helping bring together the G20 group in the run–up to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Cancún in 2003. He predicted the Doha Round of world trade negotiations will reach a positive conclusion, and that the creation of the G20 will come to be seen as a turning point.

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