The president of United States, Joe Bidenspoke on Monday by phone with his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawhom he invited to visit Washington in early February to carry out “in-depth consultations” on various issues.
According to a White House statement, Lula accepted the invitation during the telephone conversation, in which Biden condemned “violence and attack against democratic institutions” of Brazil, as well as against the “peaceful transfer of power”.
The US president also reiterated “the unwavering support of the US for Brazil’s democracy and the free will of the Brazilian people as expressed in the recent presidential elections that Lula won.”
Both Biden and Lula pledged during their conversation to work closely together on challenges facing the two countries, such as climate change, economic development, peace and security.
The US immediately condemned the violence in the South American country, after the assault on Sunday by thousands of radical followers of the former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to the seats of Parliament, the Presidency and the Supreme Court in Brazil.
Several Democratic legislators pressured Biden on Monday to expel Bolsonaro, who is in Florida, from the US.
Bolsonaro decided not to be present at Lula’s inauguration ceremony, as tradition dictates, on January 1 in Brasilia, and he flew earlier to Florida (USA), while still president, on the presidential plane.
State Department spokesman ned pricesaid today in a press conference that his country is waiting for any request for help from the Brazilian authorities in the investigations related to the attack on Sunday and Bolsonaro, although for the moment he has not received any request.
“We are waiting for any request for help from our Brazilian partners, from the Brazilian authorities, whether it is through diplomatic channels or through security channels, and of course we will respond to those requests for help. the proper way,” Price said.