BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva publicly apologized to Argentina for the “impudence” of his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro and promised to improve relations with the neighboring country on Monday after his first trip abroad. Will take the side of Considering his third term.
“I want to apologize to the people of Argentina for all the impudence that the last president of Brazil, whom I regard as genocide, for his lack of care and responsibility during the pandemic, for all the crimes he said to fellow Fernandez Tha” the Brazilian president in Portuguese during a press conference in Buenos Aires.
“Brazil is once again open to fellow Argentines,” he added.
The centre-left president pledged to rebuild political ties with his main trading partner in South America, which were practically non-existent during right-wing Bolsonaro’s administration.
The former Brazilian president publicly attacked Fernandez for his ideological ties to Lula, whom he met in prison while serving a corruption sentence shortly after being elected president of Argentina. Several times he called his Argentine counterpart a “communist” and questioned his social and gender policies.
“I can promise that when my term ends, Argentina will have the best relations among all Latin American countries,” said Lula, who arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday for his first foreign trip as Brazil’s president. “Not even football is tearing us apart,” he said, referring to the classic rivalry the two countries have maintained over that sport.
In another nod to his predecessor, Lula advised Argentines not to vote for the “extreme right” in this year’s general elections and eyed Fernández’s eventual re-election candidacy.
“What can I say that I was very happy when Alberto Fernandez won the election. I don’t know if he will be a candidate for re-election, I don’t know what other candidates there will be. I only hope that Argentina will not allow the extreme right to win the elections. That’s what I want”, affirmed the President of Brazil.
“The far right did not work in any of the countries it ruled. I hope that the Argentine people in their wisdom will not allow a disaster in Argentina at the electoral level here,” Lula insisted.
Presidential elections in Argentina will be held on 22 October.