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Lula reiterates to Maduro his support for the Barbados Agreement

The two leaders spoke by telephone about the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela.

The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, spoke this Wednesday with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, reiterated his support for the Barbados Agreements and stressed the “importance” of broad international observation in the elections that will be held in that country on July 28.

The Brazilian Presidency reported on this conversation in an official note, in which Lula also “expressed his expectation that the sanctions in force against Venezuela can be lifted, in order to contribute so that the electoral process can move forward in a climate of trust.” and understanding.”

He also reiterated Brazilian support for the Barbados Accords, which last year laid the foundations for transparent and free elections in the Caribbean country.

At the bilateral level, Lula informed Maduro about the interest of Brazilian businessmen in investing again and reactivating trade with Venezuela, and asked to strengthen cooperation to improve the protection of the Yanomami indigenous people on the common border.

Although Lula emphasized the need for broad participation of international observers in the July elections, Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced this week that it will not send any mission to Venezuela, despite having received an invitation in sufficient time.

The electoral body did not explain the reasons for the decision nor did it clarify whether it will participate in a possible mission of the BRICS forum, founded by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which, like the TSE, was invited by Venezuela.

Last week, Colombia also announced that it will not send any mission, because as explained by the chancellor, Luis Gilberto Murillo, there would be "no time" to "structure" it with the technical characteristics required by the Venezuelan authorities. The Colombian representatives also received the invitation in advance, but the double-standard stance of that country's Foreign Ministry has complicated the attendance of that delegation.

Likewise, last week the Venezuelan National Electoral Council withdrew the invitation it had made to the European Union (EU) to send observers, after the bloc ratified the sanctions against members of the Government and maintained a position of interference in internal affairs. of that country.

The presidents of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Colombia, Gustavo Petro, both from the progressive side, have expressed “concern” about the disqualification of some opposition candidates for those elections, but the issue was overcome with the registration of the presidential candidacy of former diplomat Edmundo González Urrutia, who represents one of the eight opposition options facing President Maduro.


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