Nunes and Borrell in the Palace of Viana./ Photo: MAEC
Eduardo González. 12/10/2018
The recent victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in the first round of the presidential elections in Brazil marked, inevitably, the meeting held yesterday in Madrid by the Spanish and Brazilian foreign ministers, Josep Borrell and Aloysio Nunes.
“Brazil is a country with solid democratic institutions, with an independent judicial system, with a free press, with unions and free policies, and with a rule of law that respects human rights”, Nunes said during the joint press conference, that took place in the ministerial headquarters of the Palace of Viana. Apart, “the main political lines are set by laws on human rights and gender” and Brazil has “very strong international commitments in these matters”, he added.
Bolsonaro, whom the hemeroteca presents as a homophobic man racist, macho and defender of the military dictatorship, won 46% of the vote and will play next October 28 the second round with the leftist Fernando Haddad.
For his part, Borrell did not want to enter to assess the possible new scenarios in Brazilian politics, which, “without a doubt, will have important changes”, and warned that “the rulers are judged by their actions” and, therefore, the most advisable thing is “to wait to see what the Brazilians decide and then see how the ruler behaves”.
The Brazilian Foreign Minister says, regarding Bolsonaro, that his country is “a consolidated democracy”
In any case, to the question of who will represent Spain in the inauguration of the new president of Brazil, which will take place on January 1, 2019, Borrell responded categorically that the decision “will not depend at all on the outcome of the elections”.
During the meeting of the two ministers, Borrell expressed the firm support of Spain to the entry of Brazil into the OECD, despite the reluctance of the United States, and spoke about the invitation of the King and Queen to visit the South American country. “We are pending to fix the dates,” the minister explained.
Likewise, Borrell and Nunes took advantage of the meeting -developed within the framework of the Ministerial Commission of Political Dialogue Brazil-Spain, chaired by both ministers- to reiterate their willingness to deepen the Strategic Association between Brazil and Spain and to express the importance of maintaining the regularity of high-level visits between the two countries.