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Lula: “Milei must apologize to Brazil and me for saying so much nonsense”

The Brazilian president decided not to have any contact with his Argentine counterpart until he apologizes.

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said this Wednesday that his Argentine counterpart, Javier Milei, must apologize to him for having said “a lot of nonsense.”

In an interview with the UOL portal, the president also commented that he did not speak with Milei about the Bolsonaro supporters who escaped to Argentina after being convicted by the Brazilian Justice for participating in the attacks on January 8, 2023 in Brasilia.

“I did not speak with the president of Argentina because I think he has to apologize to Brazil and me. “He said a lot of nonsense, I just want him to apologize,” he said.

The president explained that the Minister of Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, the director of the Federal Police, Andrei Rodrigues and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira, are negotiating with the Milei Government so that fugitive Brazilians who refuse to be extradited to Brazil are detained in Argentina.

“If these guys don't want to come, let them be arrested there, arrested there and imprisoned in Argentina,” he stressed.

Lula commented that he likes Argentina “a lot.” “It is a very important country for Brazil, and Brazil is very important for Argentina and it is not a president of the Republic who is going to create a gap between the two countries,” she highlighted.

The Brazilian head of state met with the Argentine president recently at the G7 summit in Italy, but they did not meet.

An ally of former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Milei stated during his electoral campaign that if elected he would not meet with Lula, whom he described as “communist and corrupt.”

For his part, the Brazilian president did not attend the Argentine's inauguration in December of last year and sent his foreign minister, Mauro Vieira.

Milei does not have to “regret anything”

The Government of Argentina considers that the president, Javier Milei, “has not committed anything that he has to regret,” was the response of the Milei administration after the Brazilian president's request for an apology.

“Whatever President Lula intends is within his wishes, but the president (Milei) has not committed anything that he has to regret, at least for the moment,” declared the Argentine presidential spokesman, Manuel Adorni, at a conference this Wednesday. press conference at the Casa Rosada.

Milei and Lula met for the first time last week, at the G7 summit held in Italy, but they avoided each other, did not exchange any words nor were they seen together in photographs. Both will meet again on July 8 in Asunción, within the framework of the semi-annual Mercosur summit, to which Lula has already confirmed her attendance.

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