Bolsonaro’s visit to the Middle East had a controlled atmosphere

Bolsonaro's visit to the Middle East had a controlled atmosphere

The Arab Gulf countries made Jair Bolsonaro more comfortable. In a controlled environment, much less hostile than the climate summit in Europe (COP 26) from which he escaped, the president made his counterattack during his second visit to the Middle East. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Qatar, all authoritarian political regimes, Bolsonaro insists on a hypothetical version that the Amazon does not burn, with new promises, as a politician to attract investment into the country. Introduced, and tried Break Isolation International.

The six-day tour of the Persian Gulf gained another dimension after former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a virtual rival in the dispute over the Planalto Palace, arrived in Europe in 2022. Lula criticized the government, was applauded in the European Parliament and met with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is disaffected with Bolsonaro.

Back in Brazil, Bolsonaro attacked Lula and, in a live broadcast on the social network, this Friday, 19, called the deputy who was clapping for a PT member insane. “There are crazy people everywhere,” he said.

In the United Arab Emirates, the president appeared on the pages of the Gulf Today newspaper with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, whom The New York Times considers the most powerful Arab leader today. MBZ, as he is known, is in charge of the country, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his father’s health reasons.

The picture was more prominent than the non-critical text. The newspaper did not follow up on Bolsonaro’s plot that Amazon is intact. He only announced that they discussed cooperation between the two friendly countries and that Brazil would have congratulated Prince MBZ on the fact that the United Arab Emirates would be the next venue for COP 28 in two years’ time.

The meeting, which took place in a palace in Abu Dhabi, raised the enthusiasm of the members of the Brazilian delegation. Bolsonaro called on the Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes at the last minute to show the portfolio of projects and attempts to attract “petrodollars” while fixing the head of the economic team in the international mission. Geddes then canceled three meetings in Dubai with the Minister of Local Economy, with DP World, which operates in ports in Brazil, and with the Sovereign Fund Investment Corporation of Dubai. He later said that Bolsonaro was treated very well and that he enjoys this type of conversation.

“These people are like the president. The president looked at the man, liked the way he looked; the man looked at the president, liked the way. The word most talked about was faith” , Geddes said. The minister said Emirati funds have already invested US$5 billion in Brazil over the past three years and have promised another US$10 billion for the next few years.

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When the Sheikhs expressed interest in buying a football team in Brazil, there was also a football “controversy” to see who would make their club happy. Bolsonaro suggested Palmeiras, Guedes proposed Flamengo and Flavio, Vasco.

A diplomat who witnessed the feud between Bolsonaro and the prince defined talks outside the standards of such meetings at the highest political level as “original”. But he added that receipt of investments by sovereign funds takes some time, as Sheikh is cautious and “the whole world is chasing his money”.

“Our relationship is one of the best, very friendly,” said Congressman and businessman Saeed Alabdi, who represents Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate in the north of the Arabian Peninsula and who works in the Friendship Group between Brazil and the UAE.

Trade promotion diplomats cited increased confidence between countries as Bolsonaro did not limit food exports such as chicken and rice during the most critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring supplies to the Persian Gulf.

In Dubai, Bolsonaro followed up with ceremonial activities with local authorities, but slipped off the agenda first to visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Without informing him of the commitment, he appeared at a political dinner hosted by the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais (FIMG), an all-you-can-eat steakhouse. He also took the opportunity to visit a jiu-jitsu championship in Abu Dhabi, a method that Arabs had imported from Brazil over the years. And in Qatar, he toured the motorcycle with a local club, moving to the Lusail Stadium, which will stage the final of the World Cup in 2022.

The president was also received as head of state in Doha by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and visited the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in Manama, where he held the first embassy of his government. opened.

Bolsonaro was not bothered or bothered by the questions. In a speech at Expo Dubai, the principal said only that freedom and democracy are the greatest assets of the people in Brazil – local government is a monarchy. He then thanked the emirate for respecting the differences and said the people of the two countries are “increasingly similar”. The most likely parallel is that the expatriate population is greatest in the United Arab Emirates and Brazil, a traditional destination for immigrants.

hey State Twice saw specific hostility to the president. Three young Brazilian women shouted “Out, Bolsonaro” and “Genocida” slogans to them as they walked around Expo 2020 Dubai. Members of the delegation also denounced the attack, although the President did not react.

First lady Michelle Bolsonaro, who accompanied him on the Arab tour, broke protocol. At Expo Dubai, she entered the Brazilian Pavilion’s reflecting pool and lay in a hammock, as if she were on the beach.

Also at the fair, Bolsonaro preferred to walk rather than use a golf cart, walking a few kilometers inside the expo, a tiring journey. Despite being surrounded by security guards, he managed to meet his supporters. It was his way of guaranteeing the images that showed him were well received there.

The online pocket bubble in Brazil was fueled by material published by Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro and Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, two sons with the president. It was also the role of advisers to the Planalto Palace and some political friends who joined the delegation, such as former senator Magno Malta (PL-ES), Belo Horizonte councilor Nicolas Ferreira (PRTB), lawyer Sergio Sant’ Ana, Se. Liberal Conservative Institute, and jiu-jitsu coach Renzo Gracie, admirer of the President and a celebrity in the UAE.

All disputed Bolsonaro’s isolation in the global arena, documented abundantly during the G-20 meeting in Italy. To counter this fact, he published images of the president circulating among fans. November 15 was Brazil Day at Expo Dubai and delegations of agribusinesses and industrialists, such as the group from Minas Gerais, acted as a cheerleader for the president.

The counter-attack did not take into account that the lack of international dialogue would be addressed not by selfies among Brazilian tourists abroad, but by bilateral meetings with influential global leaders. For example, Bolsonaro has never spoken with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, whom he considers “a little off”.


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