The President of the United States, Joe Biden, opened on Wednesday (8) the agenda of the heads of state of the Summit of the Americas with a speech. Unlike other presidents in the region, Jair Bolsonaro (PL) was still in Brazil and only arrived this Thursday (9) in the city of the event and will have a meeting with Biden.
One of the last global leaders to recognize Biden’s electoral victory over his former ally Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has repeatedly questioned the fairness of the US elections. The most recent statement in this regard took place on Tuesday (7), when the Brazilian president said he had a “back foot” with the election and highlighted that he “does not want this to happen in Brazil”.
The US Embassy in Brazil reacted to the statements and said in a statement: “Elections are the most visible expression of a democracy, and the United States is proud of its long history of free, fair and credible elections.”
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The current edition of the Summit of the Americas is criticized by Bolivia and Mexico, which decided not to send their presidents to the event after the United States barred the participation of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Bolsonaro was slow to confirm his presence and the US dispatched a representative to meet the Brazilian and “reinforce our long-standing appreciation for the deep and important partnership the two countries share”.
The Associated Press indicated that Bolsonaro accepted to participate in the event as long as certain conditions were met: having the guarantee of a meeting with Biden and the promise that the US president would not comment on the increase in deforestation in the Amazon and attempts to discredit the elections. Brazilians.
In your opening speechBiden announced a economic plan to increase US investment in the Americas through the Inter-American Development Bank. He did not mention the Amazon, a biome shared by Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, but highlighted the “climate crisis” and the importance of a “green economy” for “sustainable growth”. .
The US president even used the word “democracy” eight times and defined it as the “brand of our region”. Biden said that his country, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico are working in cooperation to “increase the production of food for export”.
On the same day that Biden was speaking and was accompanied by several presidents of the Americas, Bolsonaro participated in a graduation ceremony for promotion to third sergeants. At the event in Rio de Janeiro, the president said that Brazil is “respected throughout the world” and that the country is on the “right path”. “We are all slaves to our decisions,” Bolsonaro told the military.
Editing: Arturo Hartmann