President Bush and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spoke by phone Monday for about 20 minutes, discussing efforts to expand international trade and steps toward energy self-sufficiency, the White House said.

The Brazilian president placed the call Monday morning, said White House spokesman Frederick Jones.

The two leaders talked about world trade talks under way in Geneva, both agreeing that "their respective trade negotiators had instructions to seek a comprehensive deal beneficial to all," Jones said.

"The two presidents briefly discussed efforts to reduce dependance on oil and promote alternative energy," Jones said.