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RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday he expected Barack Obama to improve relations between the two nations after he is sworn in as the 44th U.S. president Tuesday.
"Here in Brazil we will certainly maintain the good policy we have towards the United States. I think if he wants to, Obama can improve the bilateral relations," he said.
On his weekly radio show "Breakfast with the President," Lula said Obama should look at Latin America from a democratic and developing perspective.
Lula added that even though Brazil and the United States have always had good relations, U.S. policy toward Latin America in general has been wrong for a long time, with the United States supporting several coups in the continent.
The Brazilian president urged Obama to adopt a special and preferential policy towards Latin America and end the embargo on Cuba, saying that "there is no scientific and political explanation for the embargo to continue."
Obama will have to deal with several serious issues during his term, such as the international financial crisis, the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the WTO's Doha Round of trade talks, said Lula.
In addition, he said the United States is yet to sign the Kyoto Protocol, aimed at reducing pollution levels in the planet, but he believed that the Obama administration will be more open to dialogue on environmental issues than its predecessor.