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British prime minister in Brazil for economy talks

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  • Brown, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to discuss economy
  • Brown also will meet with Brazilian business leaders
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrived in Brazil on Thursday for talks ahead of next week's G-20 summit in England.

Brown and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will discuss the global economic crisis, trade issues and the environment, the official Agencia Brasil news agency said.

Brown will also meet with Brazilian business leaders.

The British prime minister is on a five-day, three-continent trip to try to forge a consensus on how to deal with the economic downturn. He arrived in Brazil after a stop in New York.

Brown travels to Chile on Friday for the Progressive Governance conference, which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will also attend.

Before flying to New York, Brown gave a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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