BRICS hopes to bring Bolsonaro closer

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Lindiwe Sisulu held a media briefing, yesterday at the DIRCO media centre in Pretoria. Sisulu holds this briefings monthly – members of the media are appraised with developments relating to the implementation of South Africa’s foreign policy.

At the November briefing, Sisulu revealed her busy schedule – she will be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), then attend the AU meeting in Addis Ababa, attend the 15th session of intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Operation in Russia and proceed to Washington for discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the coming weeks.

The DIRCO Minister was asked about the election of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro, whether it will impact the BRICS coalition.

Sisulu said that the Brazil elections were free and fair. “During the campaign Bolsonaro made a lot of unfortunate utterances but he was likely engaging in a lot of populist rhetoric in order to get elected. But we hopes to bring him closer to us and that he will see it is beneficial to be on the side of progressives,” Sisulu responded.

South Africa considers, Brazil an important part of bloc and hopes that the new Brazil President will align his visions with that of the grouping.


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

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