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Alberto Fernández and Lula criticized the ‘lawfare’ and defended the regimes of Venezuela and Cuba

The president of Brazil apologized to Alberto Fernández for Bolsonaro’s “rude words and offenses”. They also announced that they are going to move towards the relaunch of UNASUR.

In the midst of the government’s onslaught against Justice, Alberto Fernández and Lula da Silva signed a joint declaration in which they questioned the “persecutions for political reasons and lawfare” and defended the regimes of Venezuela and Cuba.

In a 82 point document that they presented this afternoon at the Casa Rosada and to which Clarín had access, the leaders highlighted “the irreplaceable role that judicial institutions have in their constitutional regulations as a guarantee of the rights of people against persecution for political reasons and lawfare” .

“Republican systems of government need you to judicial institutions maintain their independence and impartiality in the face of economic, political and media interests,” they added in the document.

After a bilateral meeting in the framework of Lula’s official visit to Argentina, the heads of state presented the declaration and then led a press conference in which they reviewed various issues such as the single currency, the presence of Venezuela and Cuba in the Celac summit and the relaunch of Unasur.

Lula da Silva and Alberto Fernández at the Casa Rosada after a bilateral meeting. Photo Reuters.

“(Mauricio) Macri passed through Argentina and (Jair) Bolsonaro through Brazil. We have similar challenges. The first is to consolidate democracy and institutions. From Argentina we will always be by your side and we will not let any delusional attack the institutions of Brazil , that no fascist take the attack on popular sovereignty from above,” Alberto Fernández began his speech.

At this point, Da Silva asked “Apologies to the Argentine people for all the rudeness and offenses” What Bolsonaro told President Fernández.

“I apologize to the Argentine people for all the rudeness that the last president of Brazil said, a genocide I consider, and all the atrocities that he said to Alberto. A large country like Brazil, a country with 6 thousand kilometers of borders with South America south, does not have the right to make enemies,” he added at a press conference in which there was no shortage of references to the World Cup that the Argentine team won in Qatar.

Defense of Venezuela and Cuba

Regarding the presence of the presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in Argentina to participate in the Summit, Alberto Fernández replied: “All CELAC member countries are invited, We do not have any veto power nor do we want to have it”.

“The concern about the presence of the president of Cuba and Venezuela is more in some media than in the members of Celac,” Fernández added.

Meanwhile, Lula warned that “the Venezuelan problem is resolved through dialogue, not threats of occupation” and insisted that “Brazil is going to reestablish diplomatic relations” with the Maduro government. “We want Venezuela to have an embassy in Brazil,” she said.

Regarding Cuba, the Brazilian president stated that he is “proud to participate in this forum and that Cubans participate.” “We must treat Venezuela and Cuba with great affection,” projection.

Common currency between Argentina and Brazil

In the joint declaration they included the possibility of advancing in the creation of a common currency between the countries, although the Brazilian delegation took it upon themselves to tone down the measure.

In the document, they agreed to “initiate technical studies, including the countries of the region, on mechanisms to deepen financial integration and mitigate the temporary shortage of foreign currency, including mechanisms in charge of central banks.”

“They also shared the intention of create a South American circulation currency in the long termwith a view to promoting trade and regional productive integration and increasing resilience to international shocks,” they pointed out in the statement.

In this sense, Da Silva pointed out that “Brazil and Argentina had a little experience of doing business in currencies in 2008”, but acknowledged that “it did not have the influence” they expected.

“What we are trying now is for our Economy Ministers to make us a proposal for foreign trade and transactions between two countries that is done in a common currency, with a lot of debate and many meetings. If it depended on me, we would have foreign trade in the currencies of other countries to not depend on the dollar, why not try a common currency? I believe that it will happen and that it is necessary.”he emphasized.

The presidents of Brazil and Argentina embrace after a meeting at the Casa Rosada.  Photo Reuters.

The presidents of Brazil and Argentina embrace after a meeting at the Casa Rosada. Photo Reuters.

The Argentine president, for his part, added: “We do not know how a common currency can work, nor how one in the region. But we do know how they work depending on foreign currencies and how harmful it is. I celebrate this vocation. If we don’t we encourage change, we will suffer”.

Relaunch of UNASUR

In another section of the document, the governments “committed to start a dialogue process at the presidential level with the countries of the region towards the relaunch of UNASUR and instructed their foreign ministers to carry it out at their level, taking the necessary actions.”

In this regard, Alberto Fernández pointed out that at the meeting they agreed to “restart UNASUR”, in addition to “strengthening and making Mercosur more efficient”.

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