Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will pay official visits to Argentina, China and the US during his first three months in office and his country will also restore relations with Venezuela as of Jan. 1 and recognize Nicolas Maduro’s government, Lula's future Foreign Relations Minister, Mauro Vieira, said Wednesday.
Lula's first trip after assuming office on Jan 1. will be to Argentina on Jan. 24 to meet with President Alberto Fernandez and to participate in the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
The former union leader will also visit China and the US -- two of Brazil's biggest trade partners -- in his first three months in charge of the country.
Despite formal invitations from Argentina and the US, Vieira told reporters that Lula's busy agenda had prevented him from travelling abroad before assuming the presidency.
Vieira added that Lula's government will fully re-establish ties with Venezuela as of Jan. 1, recognizing Nicolas Maduro as president and reopening Brazil's embassy in Caracas.
"The president instructed me to re-establish relations with Venezuela" said Vieira, adding Brazil will send a chargé d'affaires to oversee operations in the country before an ambassador becomes appointed.