House Committee invites new Chancellor to speak on foreign policy in pandemic – 03/31/2021 – Worldwide

The Committee for Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Chamber of Deputies approved on Wednesday (31) an invitation to Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto França, replacing Ernesto Araújo, to talk about the orientations of foreign policy in the pandemic and in the field of defense.

France was confirmed Monday (29) for the head of Itamaraty. The former chancellor resigned after pressure from the congressional summit, which accused him of failing to fight the pandemic.

France, 56, gained Bolsonaro’s trust during the period he led the ceremony at the Planalto Palace. Subsequently, he headed the special advisory committee of the presidency. As this is an invitation, the new chancellor is not obliged to attend.

<< I consider the approval to be of the utmost importance and urgent [o chanceler] can discuss with us questions related to our foreign policy ”, declared the president of the commission, the deputy Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG). According to him, much is expected of the new minister's position on the pandemic and the role of the Foreign Ministry in expanding access to inputs and vaccines.

“Likewise, it is absolutely necessary for this commission that we be able to know the orientations and the perspectives of the field of Defense. An area essential to national life and to which this commission intends to pay particular attention, “he said. Aécio had already expressed the expectation of changes in the country’s foreign policy with the departure of Ernesto, in particular by regarding the confrontation of Covid-19.

The MP also said he hoped the new chancellor would restore the principles of respect, tolerance and balance that guided Brazilian foreign policy, “without automatic alignment or ideological prejudices.”

France is expected not to make sweeping changes from Ernesto, but to take a more conciliatory and less aggressive stance in foreign policy. The new Chancellor has the blessing of the 03 son of President Jair Bolsonaro, Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), as well as the International Advisor to the Presidency, Filipe Martins.

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