BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next month and plans to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, close allies said Wednesday night. of the South American leader.
Three of Bolsonaro’s cabinet ministers confirmed Bolsonaro’s decision to The Associated Press, after weeks during which his assistance remained in doubt, with some media reporting that he had ruled it out.
The Brazilian officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the bilateral meeting with Biden was confirmed.
The press office of the US Embassy in Brasilia declined to comment.
A bilateral meeting in Los Angeles would be a first for the leaders of the United States and Brazil.
The summit, which the United States is hosting for the first time since the inaugural event in 1994, is at risk of collapsing over guest list concerns, with several leaders from the region threatening not to attend.
Aside from Bolsonaro, the most conspicuous possible absence has been Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has threatened to boycott if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are not included. López Obrador told reporters at his daily press conference on Wednesday that the possibility of the trip was still being discussed.
Bolsonaro, an ally of former President Donald Trump, was one of the last heads of state in the world to acknowledge Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
After Biden took office, the Bolsonaro administration made an effort to demonstrate a renewed commitment to curb deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, including stepping up its pledges at the UN climate talks in Glasgow. But bilateral talks broke down when data showed the destruction was continuing.
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