Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, his Brazilian counterpart, have agreed to visits to Brazil and Mexico, respectively, Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican Foreign Minister, reported on Friday, April 28th.
“Both presidents have agreed to make visits. We will have the visit of President Lula (in Mexico) and also the visit of President López Obrador to Brazil and that is very good and welcome news,” Ebrard said in a message to the media after a meeting with Mauro Vieira, his Brazilian counterpart, in Mexico City.
“For us, in due course, when the Brazilian government resolves this, receiving Lula in Mexico will not only be a pleasure, a pleasure, an honor, but we will be happy because here he is well loved President Lula and the people of Brazil,” he added.
Although the chancellor warned of the possible visits, he did not mention or confirm any date.
Ebrard led the V Meeting of the Mexico-Brazil Binational Commission with Vieira, the first Brazilian foreign minister to visit the country since 2016.
The leader of the Mexican diplomacy said that both countries are “entering a new stage” in their relationship, “founded on the determination of those who head the governments of both countries, President López Obrador and President Lula.”
“We have to translate that into a much closer and more productive bilateral relationship for the two peoples in the coming years,” Ebrard said.
The Mexican foreign minister pointed out that the two Latin American countries “are listened to in the world, with moral and political authority” and, therefore, “they have the obligation to contribute so that the world circumstance can evade the trends or overcome the most negative trends that we observe polarization, exclusion”.
Ebrard recalled that there are 16 ongoing conflicts, and “sometimes there are decisions that are very closed and little account is taken of developing countries, so now there is a more powerful voice and the closer Mexico and Brazil are, the more power”.
For his part, Vieira said he was “very satisfied” with the results of the binational meeting.
“It is a mechanism that allows us to deepen mutual knowledge and build solutions for common problems,” he said.
He recalled that both represent the largest economies in Latin America.
“We are complementary economies, not rivals,” he said.
Ebrard and Vieira signed, among other documents, a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in research and academic activities between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico and the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation of Brazil.
Another signature was given in the Memorandum of Collaboration in academic-diplomatic matters between the SRE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.