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Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela, affirms future foreign minister

Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela, affirms future foreign minister

Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela, affirms future foreign minister

Brazil will restore diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan socialist government Nicolas Maduro and will reopen its embassy in Caracas after the inauguration of the leftist Lula da Silva on January 1, the future foreign minister, Mauro Vieira, assured this Wednesday.

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“The (elect) president instructed me to reestablish relations with Venezuela and we will do so as of January 1,” said scallop to journalists in Brasilia, 15 days after the assumption of the new government.

First, Brazil will send “a business manager” to resume activities and “reopen the embassy”, advanced the future foreign minister. “Later we will appoint an ambassador to the government” of Maduro, he added.

The executive of the ultra-right Jair Bolsonaro is one of the more than 50 that recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó in 2019 as “president in charge” of Venezuela, due to questions about Maduro’s re-election a year earlier.

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With the return of Lula (2003-2010) to power for the third time, Brazil will resume relations with Ripewho had already announced the resumption of dialogue with the leftist after his electoral victory on October 30 against Bolsonaro.

“The embassy acts before the government that was elected and that is there (in power), that of President Maduro,” reaffirmed scallopa career diplomat who was foreign minister during the second term of former president Dilma Rousseff (2015-2016).

The future head of Itamaraty also announced that Brazil “will resume” talks to conclude the final trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, which has been painstakingly negotiated since 2000.

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The project has encountered numerous reluctances over time, from trade protection issues to -lately- environmental issues, with clashes between Brazil and France over the conservation of the Amazon.

“There is a better horizon, taking into account the environmental policy announced by Lula. I think that can unlock difficulties.” he claimed scallopreferring to the president-elect’s promises to combat deforestation and other environmental crimes.

So far, 17 heads of state and government have confirmed their presence at Lula’s inauguration ceremony, including the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier; the King of Spain, Felipe VI; in addition to the presidents of Colombia, Gustavo Petro; Argentina, Alberto Fernandez; Chile, Gabriel Boric; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez; and Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou.

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It will be the inauguration with the “largest number of heads of state” so far held in Brazil, said Wednesday Ambassador Fernando Igreja, responsible for its reception.

Source: AFP

Source: Elcomercio

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