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US, in reversal, does not support Brazil's entry to OECD

US, in reversal, does not support Brazil's entry to OECD
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The U.S. government has reportedly rejected Brazil's attempt to enter the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in a reversal after backing its bid for months.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE denied a petition to consider opening up the OECD to Brazil, according to a letter sent to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria on Aug. 28 that was obtained by Bloomberg. Pompeo said in the letter the U.S. only supported Argentina and Romania joining the 36-member group.

“The U.S. continues to prefer enlargement at a measured pace that takes into account the need to press for governance and succession planning,” Bloomberg reported the letter said.

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A senior official told Bloomberg that the U.S. is supportive of an eventual Brazilian entry to the group but wants to prioritize Argentina and Romania because of their economic reform and free market commitment.

Membership in the nearly 60-year-old OECD is typically viewed as a sign of a country's developed economy.

OECD spokesperson in Washington confirmed that six prospective members have applied and are under consideration but declined to comment on the "confidential" discussions regarding the application approval.

The Hill reached out to the State Department for comment.