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Lula says he will speak to Biden representatives about travel dates to the US

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President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) said he will receive representatives of the American Joe Biden next Monday (5) to discuss a date for his trip to the United States.

According to the PT, if the trip to Washington is confirmed, it should happen after his graduation, scheduled for the next 12th, in Brasília.

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Lula spoke on the subject when granting an interview this Friday (2) upon arriving at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, headquarters of the transitional cabinet. When answering about the trip, she said that she intends to discuss with Biden topics ranging from Brazil’s role in the new world geopolitics to the Ukraine War, which he called unnecessary.

“On Monday [5] A Biden representative is coming to Brazil to talk and discuss the date [da viagem]🇧🇷 I cannot travel before graduation. So, if I have to travel and it’s possible, it will be after the 12th, when I graduate,” said the president-elect.

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The Washington delegation that will be in Brazil will be headed by Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser. This Friday, upon confirming the chief’s trip, council spokesman John Kirby said that the White House is negotiating to receive Lula “at the appropriate time.”

The Biden government had already said that the Democrat was interested in speeding up a meeting for a face-to-face dialogue between the two leaders – the American was one of the first international heads of state to publicly congratulate Lula on his victory in the election, moments after it became official.

Such as Sheet showed, the plans for sending a delegation from Washington to Brazil come before the second round, also as a way of highlighting confidence in a transition of power within normality.

This Friday, Lula pointed out that Brazil and the US experienced similar political periods, which highlighted the need to defend democracy, and that this will be one of the topics to be addressed in the eventual meeting with Biden.

The speech is a direct reference to the identification of the current president, Jair Bolsonaro (PL), with the predecessor of the American, Donald Trump. In the October election, there was a fear in Washington of a riot in Brazil similar to that of January 6, 2021, when a crowd inflated by Trump invaded the Congressional headquarters to prevent the confirmation of Biden’s victory in the election.

Bolsonaro has always been an early supporter of the republican politician, having expressed support for him in the election and later echoed allegations of fraud – which were never proven. Since the democrat took office, the leaders of the USA and Brazil have maintained a cold relationship: they never spoke by phone and only met once, at the Summit of the Americas.

“I think we have a lot to talk about, because the US suffers from a democratic need as much as Brazil does. The damage that Trump did to American democracy is the same that Bolsonaro did in Brazil,” Lula said.

Following, the president-elect listed other topics that he considers priorities to deal with Biden.

“I think we are going to talk about politics, I want to talk about the relationship between Brazil and the United States, I want to talk about Brazil’s role in the new world geopolitics, I want to talk to him about the Ukrainian War, that there is no need for a war. We are going to talk about these matters. , in addition to obviously the subjects he wants to talk to me about”, added the president-elect.

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