Accompanied by his better-half, Brazilian Army Chief, General Francisco Roberto de Albuquerque, on Tuesday visited 16 Corps, Nagrota, 12 kms from Jammu.
"Hopefully, the two great democracies (India and Brazil) will have close ties in the future," was expressed by General Francisco Roberto de Albuquerque, highly placed sources in the Army disclosed to Hindustan Times.
"This was the first ever visit of Brazilian Army Chief to Jammu and Kashmir," sources confirmed to HT adding that "though Brazilian Army Chief along with his wife Maria Antonina Teixeira pinto de Albuquerque and their staff were scheduled to visit 15 Corps in Kashmir Valley they had to postpone the same following bad weather conditions."
"Maria Antonina Teixeira pinto de Albuquerque also visited the famous Amar Mahal Museum in Jammu and described India a lovely country. She wished to re-visit especially Jammu and Kashmir," revealed sources.
Meanwhile, the official handout of 16 Corps released in Jammu on Wednesday stated that "the General was accorded a red carpet welcome and was received by Lt Gen TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps. General Albuquerque is a highly decorated soldier who took over as Brazilian Army commander on March 31, 2000."
"The Brazilian Army chief had an interaction and discussion with General Sapru on varying subjects of mutual interests. The Brazilian delegation departed for Agra on Tuesday afternoon," read the official handout.