President of Portugal comments on cancellation of lunch with Bolsonaro: “no one dies”

O presidente de Portgual, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, veio para o Brasil para a celebração do centenário do primeiro voo transatlântico Portugal-Brasil
The president of Portgual, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, came to Brazil to celebrate the centenary of the first Portugal-Brazil transatlantic flight| Photo: EFE/EPA/RUI MANUEL FARINHA

The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, commented on the cancellation of the lunch he would have with the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (PL), next Monday (4). “Whoever invites is who can decide whether or not to have lunch,” he said in a press conference at Lisbon airport, on Friday night (1st), before boarding to celebrate the centenary of the first transatlantic Portugal-Brazil flight. .

Earlier, Bolsonaro confirmed that he had cleared the agenda with the Portuguese representative: “I decided to cancel the lunch he would have with me, as well as the entire program”, because “he would have a meeting with Lula”.

“It is evident that if Bolsonaro understands that he cannot, he does not want to, it is not opportune, he does not enter into his schedule and he was kind enough to confirm in writing, I’m not going to Brasília”, he said. Despite what happened, the Portuguese head of state, who is affiliated with the Social-Democratic Party, said that “nothing” changes in the relations between Brazil and Portugal.

The president of Portugal also said he understands the divergent “political issues”, citing as an amplify the views of both countries on the war in Ukraine. “I understand that there are political issues. Portugal is an ally of Ukraine, Brazil is not. Now lunch is an issue that was not included in the first program of the trip to Brazil. completed.

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