German chancellor and French president may visit Lula in 2023, sources say

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron may visit Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia in early 2023 after his inauguration, two sources told Reuters.

Lula, who takes office on January 1, has sought to restore Brazil’s international reputation after President Jair Bolsonaro’s lax oversight of the environment and attacks on his country’s electoral system alienated many Western diplomats.

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The French and German leaders could visit Lula in Brazil as early as January, the two sources said, with exact dates still being negotiated.

The sources said that details should only be defined after Lula’s inauguration on Sunday, when Germany will be represented by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France by a special envoy yet to be announced.

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Scholz’s office said it had no information about plans for such a trip, while the Elysee did not respond to a request for comment.

Last year, even before formally being a presidential candidate, Lula was well received by both Scholz and Macron in their countries. In addition to receiving counterparts in Brasilia, Lula is also planning his own trips, including visits to the United States, China and Argentina at the beginning of his term.

Source: CNN Brasil

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