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Lula reaffirms his commitment to “resume the integration” of Latin America

The new president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvapromised this Sunday in his inauguration speech to “resume integration” in Latin America to have “an active and proud dialogue” with the other regions of the world.

“We will resume integration from Mercosur, with the revitalization of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and other sovereign bodies” that exist in Latin America, testified before Parliament after being sworn in as a new president of brazil

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He also guaranteed that his government will strengthen cooperation with the forum BRICSwhich Brazil integrates together with Russia, India, China and South Africa, and will build bridges with Africa and the developing world, without neglecting its relations with the United States or the European Union (EU).

Lula said that Brazil “will break the isolation to which it has been subjected in recent years,” during the ultra-right government Jair Bolsonaroand “will return to the world” with the flags of democracy and the fight against hunger and poverty.

Brazil “is again a sovereign country”, that it will assume all its responsibilities in the Amazon and will put all its diplomacy at the service of defending democracy, “threatened around the planet by authoritarian extremism,” he said.

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He also expressed his “conviction that politics in its highest senses is the best way to build consensus” and overcome conflicts.

“Denying or criminalizing politics is the path of tyranny”, Held.

The inauguration ceremony is being held under strict security measures, due to threats from the most radical Bolsonaro activists who demanded a military coup to keep the far-right leader in power.

Delegations from fifty countries and the entire diplomatic corps accredited to the country are present in Parliament.

Among the attendees are the King of Spain, Felipe IV, and the presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; Bolivia, Luis Arce; Colombia, Gustavo Petro; Chile, Gabriel Boric; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez; Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The official ceremonies will conclude with a reception that will be offered by Lula foreign delegations at the Itamaraty Palace, seat of the Foreign Ministry, next to the Parliament and Government headquarters.

Source: Elcomercio

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