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At the first bilateral meeting on Thursday, Joe Biden and his Brazilian envoy, Jair Bolsanaro, reached a compromise with reporters on key issues such as elections and the security of the Amazon region.
The US president described Brazil as a “vibrant” democracy with “solid” structures and welcomed the far-right head of state who attended the US summit in Los Angeles on Friday.
Biden praised Brazil’s “real sacrifices” in protecting the Amazon rainforest, during a brief speech attended by reporters before the meeting began.
During these few minutes the two heads of state did not shake hands in front of the cameras and did not exchange views.
For his part, Bolsanaro stressed that there are “many common points” with the US president that adhere to “democracy” and “freedom.”
He came to power “with democracy” and promised to leave it “with democracy”.
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After the meeting, Bolzano told reporters he had a “positive” impression of his meeting with the US president, “I think we will have other meetings soon.”
After the meeting, the White House in a statement stressed the “critical” importance of the relationship between the two countries, especially in the face of climate change.
He further added that Biden and Bolsanaro had “reaffirmed their commitment to continue their cooperation in trade matters” and discussed a series of issues related to “how the two countries should work together”.
The Brazilian head of state described his first bilateral meeting with Biden on Thursday on the sidelines of the regional summit as “wonderful”.
For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the meeting between the two presidents as “constructive”: “We are two major democracies in the hemisphere. It makes sense that we continue to work together and look for deeper ways.
These compromise statements are in stark contrast to the tension between Bolzano and Biden, whom they have never met before.
This week, the Brazilian president questioned the validity of the election that brought Biden to the White House.
For its part, Washington has publicly expressed its concern over Bolzano’s violent attacks, hoping he wins a second term.
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