This Friday, the President of the Republic began a four-day trip to Brazil, in which he will be with the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, on a visit that is divided between São Paulo and Brasília, and whose main point is the reopening of the Museum of the Portuguese language, which was the target of a major fire in 2015.
Newly arrived on Brazilian soil, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will meet with former president Lula da Silva, at a time when Brazil is divided between supporters of Jair Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva.
Upon arrival, the head of state was immediately asked about this issue, not least because the governor of São Paulo said that the meeting between Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Lula da Silva could be the “most bitter moment” of the visit.
I do not comment on what political leaders from another friend and brother country say. I don’t comment on the Portuguese, let alone from friendly and brotherly countries”, was the answer.
In an insistence on understanding the character and political symbolism of the visit, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa insisted that this is a visit that “has to do with the reality of the Portuguese language in the world”.
I won’t comment on what I’m going to do. Maybe later, not before”, he reiterated, when asked again about the meeting with Lula da Silva.
Accompanying the visit of the head of state is the policy editor of the TVI, Pedro Benevides, who explained to us that the fact that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa meets Lula da Silva first is causing some “talk”.
Over the four days, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also has meetings with former presidents José Sarney, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Michel Temer on his agenda.
The visit is also accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, who has already taken the opportunity to visit EDP’s facilities in Brazil.