Campaigning rocker BONO met with Brazilian President LUIZ INACIO LULA da SILVA yesterday (19FEB06), to discuss making poverty history.

The singer flew to the capital Brasilia for a meeting with 'Lula' and Culture minister GILBERTO GIL, ahead of U2's concerts in Sao Paolo tonight and tomorrow (20+21FEB06).

The WITH OR WITHOUT YOU rocker is hopeful their shared passion for fighting poverty will change the world.

Bono said after arriving in the city, "It is a dream to be here because Lula is fighting against poverty not only here but also in Africa. I feel very enthusiastic about it."

U2's first gig in Brazil comes just 48 hours after THE ROLLING STONES brought Rio de Janeiro to a standstill on Saturday night (18FEB06) with a free gig for two million fans on Copacabana beach.