Lula da Silva ratified that Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela and that embassies will reopen

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Diplomatic ties between the two nations were broken in 2020 under the government of Brazil's far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro

Lula da Silva confirmed that Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela and that embassies will reopen

File image of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Nicolás Maduro (REUTERS/Carlos Barría)

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, reiterated this Monday from Buenos Aires that Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

“We are going to reestablish civilized relations between two autonomous, free and independent states”, Lula said from the Argentine capital, which hosts the summit of countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) since Tuesday.

Lula made the announcement during a joint press conference with the Argentine president, Alberto Fernandez, in response to a question from the press to which Lula has answered that he wants there to be embassies in both nations.

The Brazilian leader has affirmed that the political conflict in Venezuela must be resolved with dialogue and not with blockades or threats of occupation.

He said that he expects a return to diplomatic normality between Brazil and Venezuela within two months, after that a meeting between the presidents of both countries scheduled for the afternoon was cancelled.

Lula and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro were scheduled to meet in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit, but the Venezuelan dictator cancelled his trip to the Argentine capital.

Lula da Silva confirmed that Brazil will reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela and that embassies will reopen

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to the left, and Argentine President Alberto Fernández (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

In Caracas, the Venezuelan regime said it had decided to send its foreign minister Yván Gil as head of the delegation, after learning of a alleged “plan drawn up within the right wing”and “a series of attacks” against Maduro. He did not provide details.

The Venezuelan regime frequently denounces plans for attacks or attacks against the president or the infrastructure of services such as electricity.< /p>

In statements with Argentine President Alberto Fernández, Lula said that the meeting “will be left for another opportunity”.

“Brazil will to restore diplomatic relations with Venezuela.We want Venezuela to have an embassy in Brazil, for Brazil to have an embassy in Venezuela and we are going to establish a civilized relationship between two autonomous, free and independent states”, he stated.

The Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in 2020 under the government of Brazil's far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro.

Venezuela faces US sanctions and the European Union since the opposition Juan Guaidó was recognized by the United States and Western allies as the legitimate leader of the country, considering that Maduro's re-election in 2018 was a fraud.

“To solve the problem of Venezuela, dialogue is needed, not blockades. It will be resolved through dialogue and not with threats of occupation,” said Lula, who again criticized the economic embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.

(With information from EP and Reuters)

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