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Brasilia (AFP) – The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will make his first official trip to Argentina at the end of January, and then he will visit the United States, Portugal and China, a source from the Presidency reported on Tuesday.
Lula, 77, will participate in the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), which takes place on January 23 and 24 in Buenos Aires.
Then, the leftist leader, who assumed the presidency of the South American giant for the third time last Sunday, must meet with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, in Washington, on a still “undated” trip, according to the same source.
The trip to China, Brazil’s first trading partner, will be “after March,” he added.
The Presidency also confirmed that Lula will be in Portugal from April 22 to 25, as the Portuguese head of state, Marcelo Rebelo, had indicated the day before, after both met in Brasilia.
The Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, had also already anticipated Lula’s visit to Buenos Aires after having a meeting with the new president on Monday.
Lula, who already governed this country of continental size and the largest economy in Latin America twice between 2003 and 2010, is giving the first signs of wanting to break the international isolation of Brazil during the four years of his predecessor, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro.
In his inauguration speech in Congress, he announced a new role for Brazil in the world by resuming “South American integration” and the reconstruction of the “high and active dialogue with the United States, the European Community and China.”
The new foreign minister, Mauro Vieira, said Monday at the inauguration ceremony that Brazil will have “a huge reconstruction job” after this “unprecedented setback.”
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