Leaders of Latin American countries expressed support for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) after the blunt statements about the Israeli government and the massacre in Gaza. Considered persona non grata by the Israeli government, Lula proved to have great support among neighboring countries.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), formed by Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela, released a note stating that the states- members show solidarity with Lula.

“The President of Brazil, Lula, is a leader of his country and of our America, a faithful defender of human rights and the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter, International Law and respect for the self-determination of peoples”, points out the note .

ALBA also calls for an immediate ceasefire, and reinforces its support for the proposal — also defended by Lula — of a negotiated solution to the conflict in the Middle East, which includes a two-state solution, giving Palestine full rights as an independent state, with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro took to social media to express “full solidarity” with Lula. Petro did not mince words, and said that what is happening in Gaza at the moment is a genocide, with the deaths of children, women and elderly civilians.

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales also used social media to declare support for Lula. For Evo, the declaration of persona non grata made by Israel is unfair, since the Brazilian president spoke out in defense of the life and dignity of the Palestinian people in the face of the genocide in Gaza.

Editing: Matheus Alves de Almeida

Source: www.brasildefato.com.br

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