- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2011

L RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Colombian singer Shakira and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are pledging to improve the welfare of children in Brazil.

Shakira met with Rousseff for about 20 minutes Thursday in front of reporters in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia prior to a scheduled concert.

The two discussed the work of Shakira’s Alas Foundation, which promotes early-childhood development in Latin America.

The singer gave Rousseff a guitar after the meeting. Before coming to Brazil, Shakira inaugurated 20 childhood development centers in Argentina. She has said she has plans to do similar work in Panama and Mexico.

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