Brazil signs agreement to allow the US to launch satellites from the Alcântara base

The agreement was signed in Washington while President Jair Bolsonaro was present at the American Chamber of Commerce

Brazil and the United States signed on Monday, the Agreement of Technological Safeguards (AST), that allows for the commercial use of the base of Alcântara, in Maranhão. The agreement was signed in Washington while President Jair Bolsonaro was present on the American Chamber of Commerce. The agreement was written by the ministers Ernesto Araújo (Foreign Relations) and Marcos Pontes (Science and Technology), and by the assistant secretary the US Office of International Security and Nonproliferation, Christopher Ford.

Information that negotiations between the two countries were completed for the new AST to be announced on Bolsonaro's visit to the US was anticipated by Estadão / Broadcast. A safeguard agreement was signed in 2000 by the Fernando Henrique Cardoso government, but the Congress didn't approve.

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