India & Brazil signed Air Services Agreement
During Foreign Minister of Brazil Antonio Patriota's visit to India, Air Services Agreement was signed between India & Brazil.
Responding to the invitation of S. M. Krishna, External Affairs Minister of India, Foreign Minister of Brazil Antonio Patriota, reached India for a five day visit on 5 March 2011 for the Bilateral and the IBSA Ministerial meetings.
During his visit to India, Patriota met Indian Minister for Indian Overseas Affairs and Civil Aviation, Vyalar Ravi and signed the bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA). The new ASA signed is based on the liberal ICAO template and paves the way for increased air connectivity between both countries. The agreement will enable both India and Brazil to designate any number of airlines for operating flights connecting the two countries. The designated airlines of each side are permitted to operate 21 services per week in each direction, but the type of aircraft cannot exceed the capacity of a Boeing 747 aircraft, roughly 450 seats. The designated airlines of each side are entitled to cooperate to any point in each other's territory, via any intermediate point and beyond to any point. According to the agreement both India and Brazil decided to have open skies for all cargo operation between the two.
Foreign Minister of Brazil Antonio Patriota met Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma with whom he discussed bilateral trade and investment issues and matters pertaining to WTO. On 5 March 2011 National Security Advisor of India and Patriota led their respective delegations for the 3rd India-Brazil strategic Dialogue on 5th March 2011.
The Foreign Ministers of both the countries held comprehensive discussions which covered all aspects of bilateral relations and multilateral issues such as the UNSC agenda, IBSA, BRICS, G-20, Doha Round, disarmament and non-proliferation, climate change and human rights. As current members of the UN Security Council the Ministers reiterated the commitment of both countries to work towards common objectives.
The two Foreign Ministers welcomed the convergence of positions between Brazil and India in multilateral fora as well as in groups such as IBSA and BRICS. Both the Ministers noted that the bilateral Strategic Partnership overed a wide gamut of areas of mutual interest. Both ministers agreed on conducting India-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting at the earliest.
The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the reform of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council through its expansion in the permanent and non-permanent categories. The Ministers reiterated mutual support for their countries’, as well as for African permanent membership in an expanded UNSC. Also they agreed on the interlinkages between peace, security and development, as highlighted during an open debate chaired by Brazil on 11 February 2011 at the UNSC.
ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) and Embrapa (The Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency) were directed to sign a new biennial action plan at the earliest so that bilateral cooperation between the two organizations in the agricultural sector can be taken forward.
The Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment for cooperation in the field of education and expressed interest in extending the Educational Exchange Program beyond 2011.