The Minister of Foreign Affairs of SpainJosé Manuel Albares, considered this Sunday that the ratification of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur is “closer” with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the Presidency of Brazil.
“In his inauguration speech, President Lula has specifically referred to the EU-Mercosur agreement, and he has already made the commitment that he will be, like Spain, one of the driving forces. Yes, we see it closer,” he said. Albares in statements to EFE.
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Albares He pointed out that “points can always be improved” in this agreement, “which has been negotiated for several decades” and has not yet been ratified by the countries of the European and South American blocs despite the fact that the negotiations concluded in 2019.
“This is the moment for (the agreement) to enter into force and, of course, afterwards you can improve everything you want,” stressed the Spanish minister.
During the electoral campaign, Lula has defended a review of the agreement reached during the administration of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, with the aim of further protecting the industry of Brazil and Argentina, Mercosur partners along with Paraguay and Uruguay.
In relation to the new Government of Brazil, Albares He stressed that “Lula has an agenda that is very compatible with the agenda of the Government of Spain. An agenda based on social equality, social justice, the defense of the environment and diversity and the belief in multilateralism”.
“Lula’s government is a government that we face with optimism and hope. We expect a strengthening of the bilateral relationship. A strong return of Brazil to the international scene, where the leadership role that it had precisely in Lula’s previous mandates is sorely missed at this time”, he added.
For the Spanish minister, both countries can continue intensifying their economic relationship, as well as in the fight against climate change, the defense of the Amazon and its biodiversity, in addition to promoting multilateralism, as a tool “so that peace returns as soon as possible to Europe”.
This Monday Albares He is scheduled to hold a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Mauro Vieira, while King Felipe VI will have a similar meeting with Lula, before returning to Spain.
The King led the Spanish delegation that attended Lula’s inauguration this Sunday, which was also made up of the Vice President of the Government, Yolanda Díaz.
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