"Latin America and the Caribbean can and must continue to consolidate its unity as an essential condition for its existence,” Rodriguez tweeted, recalling CELAC's importance.
Since his first presidential term in 2003, Brazilian President Lula da Silva deepened relations with CELAC countries. His successor, Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016), maintained this policy. However, the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro froze these links.
The Bolsonaro administration (2019-2022) removed Brazil from CELAC by alleging that the organization supported Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Ceo Mai addressed the XXIII Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of CELAC on issues of importance to Belize such as climate change, advancing the multivulnerability index and the deleterious effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on post COVID 19 economic recovery. pic.twitter.com/iOxAAUZQ9t
On Thursday, Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the return of its country to CELAC after an invitation made by Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, whose country currently holds this organization’s interim presidency.
Fernandez considered that Lula da Silva, who took on position five days ago in his third term, should participate in the VII CELAC Summit to be held in Buenos Aires on January 24.
"Brazil’s return to CELAC is an indispensable step for the recomposition of our diplomatic heritage and the full reintegration of the country into the international community", the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry stated.
As Lula voters across Brazil begin wearing the traditional Brazilian Canarinho for the World Cup, the far right has lost its most important symbol. From the MST's Armazen do Campo in Recife, my story for @telesurenglishpic.twitter.com/zc5y5tP4f0