On June 30, the US Consulate General in São Paulo held its traditional 4th of July celebration, commemorating the 240th Independence Day of the United States. US Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, and the US Consul General in São Paulo, Ricardo Zuniga, received about 400 guests, including Ambassador Debora Vainer Barenboim Salej, head of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Sao Paulo (ERESP).
The event had representatives from diplomatic missions of other countries, local authorities, businessmen, scholars and academic and cultural organizations with which the US Consulate has partnerships. Students from the State of Sao Paulo’s School of Music (EMESP) Tom Jobim played jazz and performed the Brazilian and American anthems.
In her speech, Ambassador Ayalde highlighted examples of intense and productive partnerships between Brazil and the United States last year. “We work together to promote trade and investment, and deal with global challenges such as human rights, global climate change and Zika virus. And we are also working in partnership with the Brazilian government as the country prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which, I believe will be spectacular,” Ambassador Ayalde said.
Ricardo Zuniga also stressed that, in his first year as Consul General in Sao Paulo, the Consulate’s focus has been to strengthen three key pillars of the US-Brazil relationship: consular (including travel and tourism); commerce; and cultural engagement. Consul General Zuniga noted that,”And with the Olympic and Paralympic Games approaching, we will have another opportunity to have Brazilian and Americans together again.”