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Temer regrets Bolsonaro’s attitude and praises Marcelo’s reaction

Michel Temer, former President of Brazil, today regretted the attitude of the Brazilian head of state, Jair Bolsonaro, towards his Portuguese counterpart and praised the “very delicate” way Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa reacted.

Before meeting with the Portuguese president, in a São Paulo hotel, Michel Temer was asked by journalists about Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to cancel the official meeting that was scheduled for today in Brasilia.

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“I regret it. I think it would be a great moment even to practically start the celebrations of Brazil’s independence. A good conversation between the President of Portugal and the President of Brazil would be extremely useful. It is a shame that this mismatch has happened,” declared Michel Temer.

In his opinion, “President Marcelo was very delicate when he said: look, the one who invites is the one who keeps or does not keep the invitation, I have no problem in relation to that”.

“I will tell him [Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa] that I am very sorry for what happened. Now, I have no institutional conditions – I don’t hold any public office – to speak on behalf of Brazil,” Temer added.

Jair Bolsonaro made it known through the media that he would no longer be receiving his Portuguese counterpart in Brasilia, a decision he justified with the fact that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be meeting with former President Lula da Silva in São Paulo. The two will face each other in the presidential elections that are scheduled for October 2nd.

Asked if this episode created a diplomatic problem between the two countries, Temer replied: “I hope not. I think Brazilian diplomacy is very aware of the relationship, not only with all countries, but especially with Portugal.”

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If Bolsonaro had “asked for advice”, he would have advised: “Receive President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, he is our partner, President of Portugal, besides being a very fine figure, very delicate, extremely well trained.

The former head of state stressed that this is the year of the bicentennial of Brazil’s independence, which is marked on September 7th: “We are also in a very important historical period”

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