Brazil’s President and U.S. Secretary of State discuss Gaza crisis and peace efforts

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) and Antony Blinken (right).

22nd February 2024 – (Brasilia) Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken engaged in discussions on various global issues, including the ongoing Gaza crisis, during their meeting on Wednesday. Following the meeting, the Brazilian presidential office released a statement affirming President Lula’s commitment to peace and the resolution of conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip. Both leaders expressed their mutual support for the establishment of a Palestinian State.

The discussions took place against the backdrop of recent remarks made by President Lula da Silva on February 18, in which he drew a controversial comparison between Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip and the atrocities committed against Jews by Nazis during World War II. These comments triggered a diplomatic dispute between Brazil and Israel, resulting in Israel declaring Lula da Silva “persona non grata” until a retraction was issued. In response, President Lula recalled Brazil’s ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations.

Secretary Blinken’s visit to Brazil included his participation in the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Rio de Janeiro following his meeting with President Lula. The discussions held between the two leaders reflect the importance of international cooperation and dialogue in addressing critical global challenges, such as the Gaza crisis.