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Leaders of Brazil, Peru agree to study rail link

November 11, 2013

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala have agreed to create a working group to study building a railway linking the neighboring countries and boosting Internet connectivity.

Peru’s official Andina news agency quotes Rousseff as saying the nations’ ministers in charge of social programs will work more closely together.

Speaking after a one-day visit to Lima on Monday, Rousseff praised the interoceanic highway completed in 2011 that connects Brazil’s Atlantic coast with Peru’s Pacific ports as a boon to commerce and tourism.

Among economic agreements signed during Rousseff’s stop is one that eliminates cellphone roaming charges in towns along their border so all calls are charged as local.

Rousseff says the two leaders also spoke about Peru benefiting from Brazilian technology transfer and health care advances.

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