Bolsonaro receives Cape Verde's president at the Planalto Palace

It was the first visit by a head of state to Brazil since the start of the coronavirus pandemic; agents signed an agreement in the mobility area

WAGNER PIRES/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENT – 07/30/2021Bolsonaro and the president of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, signed a mobility agreement

The president Jair Bolsonaro received, this Friday, 30, at the Planalto Palace, the president of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca. The visit was the first by a head of state to Brazil since the beginning of the pandemic. After the arrival of the Cape Verde delegation, both presidents, ministers and advisers participated in a bilateral meeting. From the meeting, according to Bolsonaro, came the idea of ​​signing an agreement in the area of ​​mobility. “Among the agreements, we have the naval, the cultural, where more than 2,000 Cape Verdeans have already studied in our country, and we are finalizing a mobility agreement, which will facilitate transit between our peoples in these sister countries,” said Bolsonaro.

Before arriving at the Palácio do Planalto to receive the president of Cape Verde, Bolsonaro again criticized the restriction measures imposed by governors and mayors to try to contain the spread of the pandemic. For him, social isolation is not justified because the coronavirus ‘never goes away’. “Remember I said that this [coronavírus] is it like rain? It will get everyone wet. We are going to preserve the most debilitated, the oldest”, he defended. The president also questioned, on Friday, the resistance of authorities, specialists, technicians and politicians who do not see any reason for the implementation of the so-called printed vote. “They are defending not having an auditable vote like life itself. Isn’t it?” he asked. The expectation is that the visit of the president of Cape Verde will be the first in a series that should take place over the next few months. On Monday 2 inclusive, Bolsonaro should receive the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo.

*With information from reporter Antonio Maldonado

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