President Nicolás Maduro was received by the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, this Monday morning in Brasilia
The presidents of Venezuela and Brazil, Nicolás Maduro and Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, offered a joint press conference on Monday, May 29, in which, among various announcements, the topic of resuming the sale of electricity from Guri to the state of Roraima in the Amazon nation.
Lula Da Silva expressed his country’s interest in recovering energy relations (and of all kinds) with Venezuela and emphasized that the line that connects to the hydrological station located in Guri must go back to work because “nothing justifies that Roraima is the only state that is outside the Brazilian energy matrix using thermoelectric energy, which is more expensive and contaminates”.
I also speak about the importance of Venezuela building a new, more positive narrative and showing the world what is positive about the country.
— We monitor (@monitoreamos) May 29, 2023
For his part, President Nicolás Maduro said that the project that the country is ready to recover the connection with Roraima, which would be about 120 MW, for which a minimum of five million dollars would be required, and invited Brazilian businessmen to that they can invest in it.
— We monitor (@monitoreamos) May 29, 2023
In the same way, both leaders spoke of the need to rescue the defense agreements to protect the borders from acts of violence and drug trafficking, as well as regretting that these links have been lost. For this reason, they hope that there will soon be a meeting of the defense ministers.
Although they did not speak at their meeting about the issue of the common currency, it was raised at the press conference after the meeting. Maduro expressed his intention that these possibilities can be considered for the sake of the “de-dollarization” of the country, while Lula once again advocated for this project to become a reality.
He even mentioned that the European Union or the African Union of Nations can be taken as a model both for economic support, or to make a common front before other poles of power.
President Lula Da Silva expressed that Brazil received a lot of worldwide criticism “for being friends” of Venezuela and Maduro, while regretting that due to “political errors” more visits were not made between the two nations and diplomatic ties were fostered.
Subsequently, Nicolás Maduro indicated that with this trip to Brasilia a new stage of diplomatic relations begins and mentioned several advances that, in his opinion, have been seen in the country such as 15% of income from the non-oil economy and estimates GDP growth of 5% according to the IMF.
Earlier, the president Nicolas Maduro He was received with honors by his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, at the Planalto Palace after several years of not visiting the Amazon nation.
Maduro’s arrival at the meeting with Lula Da Silva is part of the reestablishment of relations between Brazil and Venezuela, which were suspended in 2019 by then-President Jair Bolsonaro and resumed on January 1, once Lula took office and He fulfilled one of his campaign promises.
— Nicolas Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 29, 2023
The ruler Nicolás Maduro arrived on Sunday May 28 to the airport of the Military Air Base in the city of Brasilia, in the context of his official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil and his participation in the Meeting of Presidents of South American countries.
Maduro’s departure to Brazil is his first visit since 2015, when he attended the inauguration of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
On May 19, Venezuela and Brazil reviewed their cooperation agreements and evaluated new proposals. In this regard, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Latin America in the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Rander Peña, specified that bilateral cooperation includes 700 agreements, including political and economic alliances.
Maduro’s presence in Brazil had not been allowed since August 2019, when an ordinance issued by then-President Jair Bolsonaro prohibited his entry into the country and other representatives of the Maduro administration, according to the newspaper O’Globo. However, before taking office, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva annulled said ban on the Venezuelan president.
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