March 1, 2024

Lula, in 150 days, has met more heads of government than Bolsonaro has met in 4 years

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and First Lady Ganga Lula da Silva have arrived in Hiroshima, Japan, for the G7 meeting. (Photo: Ricardo Stockert)

At the end of his first 150 days in office, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) will have met more heads of government than former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) during his four years at the Planalto Palace.

Lula has already met with 30 presidents or prime ministers, among the eight he met at the G7 summit, in Hiroshima, Japan, last week.

As for Bolsonaro, he has held 31 meetings throughout his term, a sum that will be exceeded when, on the 30th, his successor receives representatives from all over South America for a retreat in Brasilia, all this in less than 5 months.

Lula maintained an extensive travel schedule: in five months, he visited nine countries on five continents, always repeating that “Brazil is back.” He went to the United States and China to meet with Brazil’s main trading partners, got the Americans and British to commit donations to the Amazon Fund, and sought to rebuild relations with neighbors by choosing Argentina and meeting the Community of Latin American Nations. Americans and the Caribbean (Silak) as an inaugural destination.

Another key foreign policy point that Labor wants to use is centered on creating a proposal for a club of nations to negotiate a possible peace agreement in the war between Ukraine and Russia.

The contrast between Lula and Bolsonaro’s international agendas is set to widen. South America’s summit looms at the end of May. In July, a summit was held in Belgium between members of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, to which Batista was invited. In the same month, this year’s BRICS meeting will be held in Durban. The intention is to visit other countries on the continent.

Actions and decisions to create a greater diplomatic policy for Brazil will not only be within the scope of large faraway states, but Lula also seeks to strengthen regional relations, returning Brazil to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). For this, he has already met with almost all the neighbors and received the newly elected President of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, in Brasilia.

Lula and Santiago Peña, President of Paraguay. (photo: clone)

The Batista gesture is also strong for multilateral organizations, as it frequently advocates the need to reform the global governance system and international financial institutions.

During his meeting with the Group of Seven, he met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, in order to broker possible agreements for changes in the global socio-economic scenario.

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