Brazil rejoins community of Latin American, Caribbean States

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The Brazilian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that the country’s government has decided to rejoin the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) after a three-year break.

In January 2020, former President Jair Bol-sonaro’s administration suspended its participation in the CELAC, citing “no results in the defence of democracy in any field.”

“Brazil announced today to the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (#CELAC) its decision to rejoin, fully and immediately, all political and technical entities of the mechanism,” the Brazilian Ministry tweeted.

According to the Ministry, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would attend the 7th CELAC Summit in Buenos Aires on January 24 at the invitation of his Argentinian counterpart, Alberto Angel Fernandez.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry pointed out that Brazil’s decision to rejoin the CELAC was “an es-sential step” in restoring the country’s diplomatic heritage and in “repositioning Brazil” on the interna-tional stage.—INP