The United States congratulated Lula after being sworn in as the new president of Brazil

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva greets his supporters in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 1, 2023. REUTERS/Adriano Machado (ADRIANO MACHADO/)

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkencongratulated Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawho this Sunday began his third term as president of Brazil, and wished a bright future for both countries and the world.

“Congratulations to President Lula da Silva and Vice President Geraldo Alckmin on their inauguration. We look forward to continuing the strong partnership between the US and Brazil on trade, security, sustainability, innovation and inclusion,” Blinken wrote on his Twitter account.

Lula began his third term as president of Brazil this Sunday, in a massive ceremony loaded with symbolism, in which he reinforced his commitment to combating the enormous social inequalities that divide the country.

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The 77-year-old progressive leader, who already governed between 2003 and 2010, returned to the Presidency after defeating the far-right in very close elections Jair Bolsonarowho has not acknowledged his defeat and left Brazil two days ago, heading to the United States, to avoid having to hand Lula the presidential sash, as required by protocol.

The inauguration had strong international support, with delegations coming from 68 countries, including 20 heads of State or Government, as well as significant popular support, with nearly 300,000 people who packed the center of Brasilia, in one of the most massive ceremonies in the history of Brazil.

At the ceremony, Lula gave two speeches and both focused on his firm commitment to combat inequalities of all kinds that divide the population and “hold back” the country’s development, especially the gigantic gap between rich and poor, but also racial and gender inequality.

First trips of the president Brazil

Lula plan to visit Argentina, USA Y China during the first quarter of 2023, official sources reported on December 15.

The Embassador Mauro Vieiraappointed as future Minister of Foreign Affairs, explained that, in the case of ArgentinaLula will travel to participate in the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), to be held in Buenos Aires on January 24.

He stressed that this summit will mean the return of Brazil to that body, which the country abandoned four years ago by decision of the Government of Jair Bolsonaro.

The diplomat added that, apart from the Latin American meeting, Lula will also have his first official bilateral meeting with the Argentine president, Alberto Fernandez.

“Lula made a comparison, I don’t know if the words were exactly those, between Trumpism and Bolsonarism, and the need to strengthen democracy”said Amorim, adding that Sullivan, for his part, stressed during the meeting the importance of the elections in the country.

Regarding the planned visits to the United States and China, he pointed out that the dates have not yet been specified, but that they are expected to be carried out during the first quarter of next year.

According to Scallop, the president-elect has decided that Brazil “returns to the world” and overcome the “isolation” into which it was submerged during the Bolsonaro administration.

“We are going to rebuild bridges with our South American neighbors, with Latin America in general, and we are going to resume all cooperation programs with Africa,” Vieira said at a press conference.

This “reconstruction” of foreign relations will be guided, according to Vieira, by “a new look, constructive and supportive.”

Vieira, a 71-year-old career diplomat, will once again lead the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, which he was in charge of between 2015 and 2016, the last two years of the president’s administration Dilma Rousseff.

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