The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, congratulated on Sunday 28, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro the victory in the second round of elections. According to Bolsonaro himself, in an internet statement, the American president, Donald Trump congratulated him for the victory.
“I just got the call from some leaders, including the president of the United States, who just called us wishing luck,” Bolsonaro said. “It was a friendly contact.” On Twitter, the president-elect also expressed the “desire to bring these two great nations closer together and move forward on the path of freedom and prosperity.”
Late in the evening, the White House confirmed the contact. According to Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, the two have shown a strong interest in working side-by-side. “President Trump called President-elect Bolsonaro this evening to congratulate him and the Brazilian people for today’s elections. They both expressed a strong commitment to working side by side to improve the lives of the peoples of the United States and Brazil, and as regional leaders of the Americas, “the spokeswoman said.
In a statement released by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Maduro gave his “sincere congratulations” to the PSL candidate and asked that once in government, he resume diplomatic relations of respect, harmony, progress, and well-being among peoples.
“The people and the Venezuelan government reaffirm their commitment to continue working hand in hand with the Brazilian brother people for a more just and multipolar world,” said the note, released by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in his Twitter account.
In his address after the election victory, Bolsonaro promised: “to free Brazil and Itamaraty from international relations with an ideological bias to which they have been subjected in recent years.”
Ambassador Ruy Pereira was expelled from Venezuela at the end of last year. In the middle of this year, the government announced that it would send him back, but according to Itamaraty, the embassy still does not have an active ambassador.
Relations between the two countries, close in the PT governments, have distanced themselves in the management of Michel Temer. During the campaign, this proximity was explored by the Bolsonaro campaign.