Brazilian President Lula, received on Friday February 10 by Joe Biden, felt that the two leaders should "never
" assaults on democracy such as the United States and Brazil experienced two years apart. .
The US president, alongside his guest, acknowledged that democracy was "
" in both countries on January 6, 2021 when supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and on January 8, 2023 when a crowd won over to former head of state Jair Bolsonaro stormed institutions in Brasília.
,” said Joe Biden.
“Promote respect for human rights”
The two leaders pledged to work together to "
strengthen democratic institutions
" and "
promote respect for human rights
", according to a joint statement issued Friday evening by Washington and Brasília.
Earlier in the day, in a brief exchange with the press in the Oval Office, before the start of the actual bilateral meeting, Lula sharply criticized his far-right predecessor, currently present in the United States, for having disseminated “
false information, morning, afternoon, evening
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It reminds me of something
,” replied the American president.
Bolsonaro is a faithful copy of
, it's like going through the photocopier
," Lula also noted in an interview with
, broadcast before his meeting at the White House.
“Caring for the Amazon Rainforest”
I'll tell you one thing:
has no chance of becoming president of Brazil again
," he told the channel, while indicating that he would not seek the extradition of his rival who is currently in Florida.
I'm not going to talk to Biden about it because it will depend on Brazilian justice
," he argued.
In the Oval Office, Lula lamented that "
Brazil isolated itself for four years
He also reiterated his promise to eliminate deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 2030: "
Caring for the Amazon rainforest is caring for the planet, for our own survival.
Deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 60% in each of Bolsonaro's years in office (2019-2022).
It continued, but slowed down significantly from Lula's first month in office.
In January, 167 km2 of the largest tropical forest on the planet were destroyed, the equivalent of more than 22,000 football fields.
But this is much less than the 430 km2 deforested in January 2022, when Jair Bolsonaro was still in power.
The United States has announced its intention to work with Congress to fund programs for the protection and conservation of the Brazilian Amazon, including initial support for the "
", a multilateral financial mechanism created in 2008 and managed by Brazil to support the fight against deforestation, details the joint press release.
Ukraine: no commitment from Lula
I talked about the need for rich countries to take their responsibilities to help countries with tropical forests and not just in Brazil
,” Lula told reporters earlier.
Lula has relaunched this fund that his predecessor had frozen, and to which Norway and to a lesser extent Germany have so far contributed.
Brazil is now looking for other donors.
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On Ukraine, a sensitive subject between the United States and Brazil, Lula said during his exchange with the press that he spoke of "
the need to create a group of countries that are not involved, nor directly or indirectly, in Russia's war against Ukraine, so that we have the possibility of building peace.
The United States is the big driver of the Western response to Russia, while Brazil has condemned the Russian invasion at the UN but has not adopted economic sanctions against Moscow or sent munitions to kyiv.
The Brazilian president finally invited Joe Biden to visit Brazil, an invitation accepted by the American president, specifies their joint press release.