A member of Portugual's new ruling Junta, General Carlos Galvao de Melo celebrated Portugal's National Day on Tuesday (10 June) at a reception in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
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Background: A member of Portugual's new ruling Junta, General Carlos Galvao de Melo celebrated Portugal's National Day on Tuesday (10 June) at a reception in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He is on a week-long official visit.
His arrival in Brazil coincided with an announcement by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry that Brazil had formally offered to act as mediator in the discussions between Portugal and its African territories of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea.
The visit by General Calvao de Melo has been seen in Brazilian diplomatic circles in Rio as the beginning of closer relations between Portugal and Brazil
The only previous contact with the Junta since the coup of April 25 was the arrival of deposed Portuguese President Americo Tomas and ex Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano to live in exila.
Observers say the Brazilian Government, afraid of a loss of prestige among African Governments accepted the two exiles with reluctance.
Brazil has been asked by the Organisation of African Unity to support the call for independence for portugal's African territories.
General Galvao de Melo, of the Portuguese Air Force, will travel to brasilia on Thursday (13 June) for talks with President Ernesto Geisel.