During her nearly fortnight-long visits to Brazil, Mexico and Chile, several bilateral Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) are to be inked. She said countries like Brazil, India and South Africa should make their voices heard louder in the international arena, and their long-term objective should be to firm up cooperation on global issues like U.N. reforms, global climate change and expediting trade links between India and Latin American countries.
"I am visiting these distant nations to decrease the distances," she said. Patil also used her interaction with the media onboard Air India One to reveal India's strong stand against terrorism. She said she would like to see the international community firming up treaties to fight the scourge, though admitted that formal agreements existed. It was an issue that needed to be dealt with firmly at the highest fora, she added. E
Emphasizing on the need for strengthening ties with developing countries like Brazil, Mexico and Chile, she described India and these countries as fast growing economies and suggested that their strong relationship could not only enhance trade ties, but also their position in the world.