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LATIN AMERICA | 21-01-2021 11:48

Bolsonaro extends olive branch to Biden on inauguration

Bolsonaro was one of last world leaders to recognse Biden’s victory, and amplified Donald Trump's allegations that last year's US election had been rigged.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, Latin America’s biggest adherent of Donald Trump’s fiery brand of politics, tried to bury the hatchet with Joe Biden’s on his first day in the White House.

Striking his most conciliatory tone to date, Bolsonaro issued a three-page letter congratulating his US counterpart Wednesday, calling for the two nations to deepen ties. Bolsonaro was one of last world leaders to recognse Biden’s victory, and amplified the 45th president’s baseless allegations that the election had been rigged right up until Trump’s final days in office.

“I’ve long been a huge admirer of the United States,” Bolsonaro wrote in the letter, a copy of which was posted on his Twitter account hours after Biden took the oath of office. He added that it was his administration that “corrected” public sentiment towards the United States.

In September, Bolsonaro slammed Biden after he criticised deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, labelling it a “sign of contempt.” But on Wednesday, the Brazilian leader said he was hopeful the presidents could work together on “protecting the environment.”

Brazil is currently seeking a free-trade agreement with the United States, and its continued support to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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by Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg

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