At a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan, where the G7 summit was held, Lula Da Silva met with Kristalina Georgieva as scheduled and asked her for Argentina. What was the role of the president in this event.
The President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvarevealed today that he asked the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgeva, “give time” to Argentina with the financial commitments with the organization so that it can recover financially, during the meeting held on Saturday in Japan.
“I asked the director of the IMF to understand that Argentina after the pandemic had a drought that destroyed 25% of its agricultural production and that weighs heavily. He told her that if Argentina did not have conditions now, it was not necessary to pressure her. We are going to give Argentina some time to recover. I hope you have understood,” Lula said at a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan, after participating as a guest at the Group of 7 (G-7) summit.
What was Lula’s role in the G7
At a summit where the central issue was the war between Russia and Ukraine, Lula Da Silva was the only Latin American representative invited by the summit itself. In this framework, he was reluctant to condemn the Russian incursion into the Ukraine, and caused some controversy last month by declaring that the United States should stop “fostering war.”
At the same time, he did not meet with his Ukrainian counterpart face to face due to incompatibility of the agenda, according to what Zelenski himself and the Brazilian government said.
He also criticized the countries of the UN Security Council, whose permanent members are the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom, urged a reform with greater representation for emerging countries and also defended “the consolidation of the G20”. .
“The permanent members carry on the long tradition of waging unauthorized wars, whether for the purposes of territorial expansion or regime change,” he said, referring to the 2003 US-led coalition invasion of Iraq.
In addition, Lula made reference in the G7 to the negotiation of Argentina’s external debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), by assuring that the conditions imposed by the IMF “destroy” the country, and interceded in favor of the Government of Alberto Fernández before the director general of the organization, Kristalina Georgieva.