The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, arrived on Sunday night in the city of Brasilia on an official visit, invited by his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to participate in the Summit of South American Countries, scheduled for Tuesday May 30.
President Nicolás Maduro was welcomed by the Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Gisela Maria Figueiredo Padovan, as well as by the Caracas ambassador to Brasilia, Manuel Vicente Vadell.
The last visit of the Venezuelan President to Brazil was in 2015, when he attended the inauguration for a second term of former President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016).
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.
Relations between the two nations deepened as of 2003, thanks to the South American leaders Hugo Chávez and Lula, but were interrupted in 2019 by decision of the far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022).
Presidents of at least ten South American nations are expected to attend the Summit next Tuesday, discuss and reactivate the regional cooperation agenda.