Newly elected Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will include China among its first visits abroad, the country´s designate Minister of Foreign Affairs has said.
Ambassador Mauro Vieira, the future head of Brazilian diplomacy, said that right at the beginning of the new government, the president will visit Argentina, China and the United States.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Transitional Government Headquarters. The diplomat also confirmed the name of Maria Laura Rocha for the Itamaraty secretary general.
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Chancellor Mauro Vieira also pointed out that he will verify the progress of Brazil’s entry into the OECD.
In addition, the upcoming Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing an event for Lula’s inauguration, which will be attended by 17 Heads of State. Among them are the Presidents of Germany, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, as well as the King of Spain.
This is expected to be the inauguration with the highest number of presences of heads of state in the history of Brazil.
According to Vieira, Lula made requests for foreign relations, such as the resumption of contact with neighboring countries.
Maria Laura will be the first woman to lead the position of general secretary. The ambassador has been in the diplomatic career since 1978 and was head of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2008 and 2011.
In conversations with journalists, Mauro Vieira also announced Ricardo Monteiro as the ministry’s future chief of staff.