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Lula welcomes Blinken in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between Brazil and Israel over Gaza

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Lula welcomes Blinken in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between Brazil and Israel over Gaza

Brazil’s President Lula meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss international crises

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, met this Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the growing diplomatic tensions between Brazil and Israel. The meeting, which lasted for almost two hours, comes in the wake of comments made by Lula comparing the invasion of Gaza to the Holocaust, a statement that has deepened the divide between Brazil and Israel.

Following the meeting, a senior State Department official explained, “I would say it was a frank exchange, making it clear that we do not agree with those comments.” This is a personal matter for Blinken, as his stepfather is a Holocaust survivor.

While the meeting focused on addressing the diplomatic crisis with Israel, both countries also discussed their commitment to working together bilaterally, regionally, and globally. The need to end the wars in Gaza and Ukraine was also a topic of discussion, with both parties agreeing on the urgency of creating a Palestinian state.

In addition to concerns about Gaza and Ukraine, the situation in Venezuela was also addressed. The American government expressed gratitude for Brazilian efforts to mediate between Venezuela and Guyana.

However, Brazil’s role in mediating conflicts has sparked criticism over its double standards. Lula has been accused of denouncing Israel’s actions in Gaza while being silent on the authoritarian movements in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Despite the criticisms, both the United States and Brazil have stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation on issues such as the supply of rare metals and resolving conflicts in Haiti.

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Overall, the meeting between Lula and Blinken highlighted the stark differences between the two countries’ approaches to international conflicts. The divisive comments made by Lula regarding the situation in Gaza have intensified the diplomatic tensions between Brazil and Israel. Additionally, Brazil’s role as the current president of the G-20 has placed a spotlight on its diplomatic relations with major powers across the globe.

The G-20 meeting, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, addressed a wide range of global issues, including reforms of multilateral organizations, and the energy transition. Brazil’s priorities for its presidency of the G-20 include the fight against hunger and poverty, the energy transition, and the reform of the UN Security Council, the IMF, and the WTO. This presidency is seen as an opportunity for Brazil to play a key role in shaping international relations and influencing global policies and initiatives.

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