RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday that he received congratulatory calls from several world leaders, among which he quoted United States President Donald Trump, and said that, as president, he intends to approach other countries that have not had close relations with Brazil.
“The president of the United States just called us and wished us good luck. Obviously, it was a very friendly contact,” Bolsonaro said, highlighting the call from Trump, whom he considers a model.
In a video posted on his Facebook account, Bolsonaro added that his government’s foreign policy will seek closer relations with countries that have been relegated by Brazil because, he said, the Workers’ Party, which governed the country for more than 13 years, first under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and then Dilma Rousseff, only approached countries that were ideologically close.
According to Bolsonaro, who won the presidency with about 55 percent of votes, his foreign policy will end the “ideological tendencies,” bring Brazil closer to the most developed countries and recover “international respect.”
“Yes, we want to approach several countries without ideological connotations and that is why we need a good foreign minister who will talk with the whole world,” he said.
He added that the future foreign minister will have to think of a project that allows Brazil to trade with the whole world, without harming the interests of its entrepreneurs and its industrialists.
He said that Brazil has to seek partnerships with more developed countries so that the economy, which has begun to overcome the major recession that the country suffered in 2015 and 2016, “starts to move.”
In addition to Trump, other world leaders who have congratulated Bolsonaro for his victory in the elections were President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, President Sebastian Piñera of Chile, as well as the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Uruguayan Luis Almagro.