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Shakira and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Discuss Well-Being of Children

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, left, receives an autographed guitar from Colombian singer Shakira at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday March 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, left, receives an autographed guitar from Colombian singer Shakira at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday March 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Shakira and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are joining forces in an effort to improve the well-being of children in the South American country. 

The two met briefly before reporters in Brasilia prior to a scheduled concert there.

Shakira and Rousseff discussed the singer's Alas Foundation, which promotes early-childhood development in Latin America.

After the meeting, Shakira handed Rousseff an autographed guitar. 

Shakira said she plans to visit Panama and Mexico to discuss similar causes.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press. 

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