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Lula cancels his trip to Chile due to the tragedy

According to his interlocutors, the president does not want to leave room for criticism due to the failure or inability to respond to the crisis.

The trip would take place on Thursday (16). In Chile, Lula will hold meetings with President Gabriel Boric. The meeting had been highly anticipated since the start of the Labor Party government.

Both embraced a progressive agenda in their countries, and it was expected that an agreement would soon be reached between Santiago and Brasilia. However, differences in positions on the Venezuelan situation and other international political issues have shown that Boric and Lula are on opposite sides, including when it comes to integration in South America.

In the international press, the Rio Grande do Sul crisis is seen as a test for Lula.

“The advisors (the Lula) They say that he is fully aware that this could be his ‘Katrina moment’, a reference to the 2005 hurricane that surprised US President George W. Bush and entered the global vocabulary ended up as a synonym for failure of leadership in crises. last week.

Resumption of the regional integration project

By postponing his trip to Chile, Lula is suspending his goal of resuming the regional integration process. One of the Brazilian’s objectives was to convince Buric to return to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), rebuilding the project of rapprochement between countries.