With a ‘back to normality’ message, Brazil’s Lula looks for to enhance foreign ties By Reuters

© Reuters. President-choose of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva participates in a conference at COP27 environment top, in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

By Catarina Demony

LISBON (Reuters) -Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took a trip from the COP27 top in Egypt to Portugal on Friday to inform authorities that his nation is back to “normal” as he aims to enhance foreign ties and Brazil’s image abroad.

The leftist, who won the governmental election last month versus conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, is because of begin his 3rd term in January. Until then, he is on an objective to inform the world that “Brazil is back”.

During firebrand Bolsonaro’s 4 years in workplace, Brazil’s ties with lots of other nations torn, not least due to the fact that Amazon (NASDAQ:) logging skyrocketed under his watch.

On Wednesday, Lula got a super star welcome at COP27 as he promised to recommit the jungle country to taking on the environment crisis and provided to host future U.N. environment talks. The president-elect met environment envoys from China and the United States, along with the EU environment policy chief.

In Portugal, Lula satisfied President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Friday.

At a press conference with Costa, Lula stated Brazil utilized to be a “happy” and “hopeful” nation however it ended up being “sad” due to the fact that Bolsonaro did not “want to talk with anybody”.

“Nobody wanted to visit Brazil because his (Bolsonaro’s) behaviour was totally anti-Brazil and anti-democratic,” Lula stated. “(But) I want to tell you that Brazil has returned to normality.

“Brazil, after the election, has actually been going back to being a pleased nation.”


After landing, the president-elect had lunch at a restaurant in Lisbon and was welcomed by a crowd of supporters. Brazilians – who speak Portuguese – make up Portugal’s biggest migrant community and Lisbon has the largest number of Brazilian voters outside the South American nation.

As he met Rebelo de Sousa at the president’s official residence, supporters wearing red, the colour of Lula’s Workers Party, gathered outside.

Andre Eduardo, 37, said Lula’s win was a “massive triumph versus fascism”.

Some Bolsonaro supporters also showed up, shouting and accusing Lula of being a “burglar”. One, Muria Tureiques, said Lula “wasn’t chosen by the individuals” and claimed he “took the election”.

Ahead of the vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly made baseless accusations about Brazil’s voting system. In the end, although he did not concede, Bolsonaro did not block the handover of power. Some of his supporters, however, have refused to accept the result.

The COP27 summit was Lula’s first foreign trip since being elected but Portugal is his first bilateral visit.

“We think that by selecting Portugal as the very first nation for a bilateral check out after his election, he is offering an extremely strong signal,” Foreign Minister Joao Cravinho informed Lusa news company.

Bolsonaro did not check out Portugal throughout his time in workplace, and in July this year he cancelled a conference with Portugal’s president in Brazil due to the fact that the Portuguese leader had actually likewise made strategies to fulfill Lula.

“Let’s resume dialogue for the best of our peoples,” Lula composed on Twitter previously on Friday.


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