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Lula will send an ambassador to Venezuela to begin the process of reopening the embassy

This forecast will become known after the evaluation of the ambassador, who will leave for the country as chargé d’affaires.

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The government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) will send a representative to Venezuela next week to begin the reopening of Brazil’s embassy in the country.

Ambassador Flavio Masiera will have the task of enumerating the measures that must be taken to restore the activities of the buildings of the diplomatic representation in the country of the dictator Nicolás Maduro.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have already been restarted, but there is still no deadline for the reopening of the Brazilian embassy and consulates in Caracas, one of which is in the Venezuelan city of Santa Elena do Wairen.

This forecast will become known after the evaluation of the ambassador, who will leave for the country as chargé d’affaires.

Brazil has three buildings in Caracas: the embassy, ​​the consulate and the ambassador’s residence. Lula’s government still has no clear information about the current situation of these sites, which were closed by former minister Ernesto Araujo during the government of Jair Bolsonaro (LL).

In addition, it is necessary to investigate the situation of local employees who have been dismissed after the closure of services.


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Masiera is considered an experienced diplomat by Lula’s government. He was previously ambassador to Oslo, Norway and served in embassies in Baghdad, Paris and Bern.

There is still no decision on who will take over the post of ambassador to Venezuela when bilateral relations have resumed.

The reopening of the embassy in Maduro’s country was Lula’s request to Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira.

The PA government believes that not having a representation in a neighboring country that trades with Brazil is a denial of diplomacy. In addition, the closure of the embassy and consulates under the Bolsonaro administration ended the provision of services to Brazilians living in Venezuela.


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Other embassies have been closed by Bolsonaro, mostly in Africa and the Caribbean. The rationale was to cut costs. Any reopening of these diplomatic missions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Lula’s government.

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