Saturday, February 4, 2023

Rejection of strikes in Brazil leads to Petro’s trip to Chile

SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) — Chile’s President Gabriel Boric and Colombia’s Gustavo Petro announced Monday that they would promote an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) to rule over a massive attack in the region a day earlier. At the headquarters of the Brazilian State Powers and reiterated its support for the recently assumed President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Petro arrived in the country for a two-day official visit to Chile where he was scheduled to meet Boric and sign bilateral agreements. But the situation in Brazil accelerated the appointment. Sunday’s attack by thousands of supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro on the headquarters of Congress, the federal Supreme Court and the presidential palace, where they caused destruction, became part of the agenda for both presidents.

“From here, with President Petro by my side,” the Chilean president wanted to reiterate his “categorical rejection” of what he called “an attempt to destabilize the legitimate and democratically elected President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva.”

“There can be no specifics. These actions are unacceptable, the complicit silence is also unacceptable and cannot be relativized or ignored”, Boric said.

Hence, the call to speak up for other countries in the region and the initiative to “urgently” convene an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States.

Borik and Petro are very close, which is reflected in three personal meetings in less than a year. When Petro was still a presidential candidate, Boric invited him to take office in March 2022. Then the President of Chile traveled to Bogotá in August to attend the Colombian inauguration.

Monday’s meeting began with Boric’s reception for Petro at La Moneda palace, where they held a private meeting, later attended by representatives of both governments. Bilateral agreements were signed between the two states.

Afterwards, Petro was received by the leaders of the Senate, Álvaro Elizalde, and Vlado Mirosevic of the Chamber of Deputies. In the afternoon, he would meet the mayor of Santiago, the communist Iraqi Hasler, who would give him the keys to the city and declare him a distinguished guest.

Petro’s agenda in Chile ended on Tuesday with a visit by Ricardo Blanco, deputy president of the Supreme Court.

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