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Brazilian ambassador to Egypt highlights potential for partnerships during Lula’s visit — Planalto

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Brazilian ambassador to Egypt highlights potential for partnerships during Lula’s visit — Planalto

A country that maintains economic and social stability in a region where conflict is an almost permanent occurrence. A nation that is located between the first and second largest destination for Brazilian exports to Africa. An essential government for Brazil to be able to repatriate 117 Brazilian-Palestinians who were in the Gaza Strip. It is a fertile territory for new partnerships, especially in the agricultural sector.

Egypt, like Brazil, has a moderating role, a balancing role in the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts here in the region. Egypt played a fundamental role in supporting the evacuation of Brazilian citizens who were in the Gaza Strip”

Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto, Brazilian ambassador to Egypt

This is how Ambassador Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto defines Egypt, a country in which President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has a series of official agendas this Thursday, 15/2. “This visit forms part of an important milestone, after all there are 100 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations”, recalled the Brazilian ambassador in Cairo.

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President Lula’s official state visit includes a meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the signing of bilateral acts, an official lunch and a statement to the press. President Lula will also visit the headquarters of the League of Arab States, in Cairo.

In 2023, bilateral trade between the countries reached US$2.8 billion (with US$489 million in Egyptian products imported by Brazil and US$1.83 billion in Brazilian products exported). In Africa, Egypt was second only to Algeria in trade relations with Brazil, with US$4.2 billion. The African country also became a member of BRICS in 2024 and will participate in the G20 at the invitation of the Brazilian government, which presides over the bloc until December.

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“There is a lot of interest here in Egypt in trying to repeat, depending on the circumstances and possibilities here, the successful experience we had with Embrapa 40 years ago, when we gradually managed to make Brazilian agriculture a power,” stated the Brazilian ambassador.

Trade between nations tends to increase in the coming years, after the opening of the Egyptian market to several Brazilian products in 2023, such as fish and derivatives, poultry meat, cotton, bananas and gelatin and collagen. The expectation is that the Egyptian government will soon approve new slaughterhouses and slaughterhouses in Brazil for beef exports. The opening of an air route between the two countries, connecting São Paulo to Cairo, will also be discussed.

MODERATION – The ambassador also emphasized Egypt’s strategic role in the geopolitical context, as it has active diplomacy and is in a region where conflicts are almost permanent. “Egypt, like Brazil, has a moderating role, a balancing role in the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts here in the region, especially now in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. It is important to highlight that Egypt played a fundamental role in supporting to the evacuation of Brazilian citizens who were in the Gaza Strip. Without Egypt, we would not have been able to act the way we did, successfully”, he explained.

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