December 5, 2013
Former brazilian presidentTuesday, October 15, 2013
Lula wishes CFK well after surgery
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva remarked yesterday that he wished a “full recovery” to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner after undergoing surgery last week for a head blood clot.
“Cristina Kirchner is not only important for Argentina, but for the whole region,” said Lula in an interview published in the daily Página/12 yesterday.
The former Brazilian leader, who takes part in a business responsibility conference this week, highlighted the relationship between Argentina and Brazil, saying that he believed it could get even closer and adding that “the last ten years have been the best period in our shared history.”
Lula said that the dialogue between the two nations was already excellent, but it could improve a lot through fiscal agreements, cultural exchanges, the production chain and tourism integration.
In connection with the region’s situation, the Brazilian political leader said that “despite denials from conservatives,” South America has expanded a lot in the past ten years.
Lula underlined that all the countries have democratic regimes, and that income distribution and social inclusion were increasing.
“The region now is much more independent and respected in the world. Mercosur, despite its enemies, still exists and is functioning,” said Lula, highlighting the creation of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) and the CELAC (the community of Latin American and Caribbean nations) as examples.
The former president emphasized the current need for “real strategic thinking to handle the structural problems that come with integration.”
Herald with DyN, Télam