Biden, Bolsonaro meet on sidelines of Americas Summit

US President Joe Biden and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have held their first meeting, each apparently intending to use the occasion to his own advantage.

The two leaders met on Thursday on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.

The White House said they reaffirmed "the strategic importance of the relationship between the United States and Brazil."

Bolsonaro is a fervent supporter of Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, and openly wished Trump would win the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, Bolsonaro told Brazilian media that Biden ignored him at the Group of 20 summit last year.

Bolsonaro is believed to have hoped to show his diplomatic skills to rally voter support to win a second term in Brazil's presidential election in October.

Biden seems to have decided to meet the leader of the regional powerhouse to shore up the summit.

Mexico and others boycotted the event after the US decided to exclude three nations it considers autocratic.