Brazilian leader Lula rekindles ties with Cuba at Havana summit

Brazilian leader Lula rekindles ties with Cuba at Havana summit
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17 September 2023
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Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met with his Cuban counterpart on Sept. 16 in Havana, signaling a revitalization of ties between the two countries in the first trip by a Brazilian president to the Caribbean nation in nine years.

Lula was in Havana for the s ummit of the Group of 77 emerging economies plus China. The group, founded in the 1960s, is meeting in Cuba just days ahead of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Addressing the summit, Lula lamented the U.S.-led embargo of Cuba. 

“We reject the inclusion of Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism,” he said. 

Cuba and Brazil share strong historical and demographic ties. Lula and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro were friends, and Lula's narrow victory over former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro in last year’s election was celebrated in Cuba.

Ties were strong between the two countries when Lula’s leftist Workers’ Party was in power between 2003 and 2016 but turned sour under Bolsonaro.

An expansion of trade links between the two countries is also expected to be on the agenda. In 2022, Brazil had a trade surplus of approximately $287 million with Cuba.

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