The president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, should go to the United States to meet with the American president, Joe Biden, only after the inauguration. This information was given this Monday (5) by former Chancellor of the PT government Celso Amorim.
Last week Lula declared that he could travel to the US later this year after being certified by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), next Monday (12), but today, according to Amorim, during a meeting in Brasília with the Security Councilor United States National, Jake Sullivan, he would have said that “it may not be possible to go before the inauguration” and the greater probability is that the meeting will be in early 2023.
After the meeting, Lula posted a photo with Sullivan and said he was “excited to go to the United States”.
I received today from the US security adviser @JakeSullivan46 the president’s invitation @JoeBiden to visit him at the White House. I am excited to talk with President Biden and deepen the relationship between our countries 🇧🇷🇺🇸
— Lula (@LulaOficial) December 5, 2022
“Everything was talked about, mainly about the last G20 meeting and about the need for a new world governance”, detailed Amorim. Another subject discussed by Lula with the Americans was the need to include other countries in the United Nations Security Council.
According to Celso Amorim, Sullivan showed interest in cooperating with Brazil in the G20 to move towards fairer global governance. The group brings together the 19 largest economies in the world and the European Union. “It was a long conversation, almost two hours. They discussed the importance of the relationship between the two countries for peace and democracy in South America,” he said. The former minister also said that specific actions were not discussed, but the need for engagement between the two nations.
In addition to Lula and Sullivan, the meeting was attended by Juan Gonzales, advisor to the US government for Latin America; Ricardo Zúñiga, Deputy Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Douglas Koneff, Chargé d’Affaires at the embassy in Brazil.
On the side of the transitional government, in addition to Amorim, Senator Jaques Wagner (PT-BA) and former Minister of Education Fernando Haddad were also present.