WASHINGTON — Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who met with President Bush on Tuesday, said he is committed to creating a Western Hemispheric trade zone, but warned that Brazil will fight for the elimination of unfair subsidies and trade barriers, particularly in the agricultural sector.

"The protectionism of rich countries who use subsidies and trade restrictions is seen as the number one main cause that gets in the way of growth for developing countries," Lula said at a news conference at the National Press Club.

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