The Diplomatic Mission of the United States in Brazil, led by Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, along with distinguished U.S. military visitors Lieutenant General Kenneth Tovo; Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey; and Lieutenant General Mark Nowland, toured the opening day of the Latin American Aerospace and Defense Conference – the largest conference and international fair dedicated to the Latin American armed forces and defense industries. The delegation stressed the robust global partnership between the United States and Brazil. Between April 14 and 17, the event attracted 700 exhibitors, including more than 80 U.S. companies and 55 delegations from over than 70 countries.
During the visit to the fair, the delegation visited U.S. exhibitors’ booths located in the three pavilions of Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro. The Ambassador spoke at a lunch organized by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council for U.S. delegations, businesses, and Brazilian authorities. “It is an honor to be here with you today and to highlight not only our bilateral relations, but also the relationship between our militaries. I think that being here with you is timely because this is a very positive moment for our bilateral relationship,” said Ambassador Ayalde. The delegation later attended a reception sponsored by Embraer, along with the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service in Brazil, Brian Brisson, and the U.S. Acting Consul General in Rio de Janeiro Michael Yoder.
The U.S. Department of Defense was represented by Deputy Commander of SOUTHCOM Lieutenant General Kenneth Tovo; Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey; Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Air Forces Southern, Lieutenant General Mark Nowland; Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs Heidi Grant; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Export and Cooperation, SES Ann Cataldo; and Deputy of the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, SES Robert L. Moore.
To download pictures of U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde’s participation at the LAAD Expo, go to the U.S. Embassy in Brazil’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/embaixadaeua-brasil/.