Blinken to visit Brazil amid Brazil-Israel tensions over war on Gaza

Israel is trying to cover up its attacks on the Gaza Strip — Mauro Vieira

Mauro Vieira
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Mauro Vieira. (Photo: Twitter/X)
WASHINGTON — The US State Department announced that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would visit Brasília, the capital of Brazil, following statements by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva that angered Israel by comparing its war on the Gaza Strip to the ‘Jewish Holocaust,’ Al-Ghad reported. اضافة اعلان

Lula strongly condemned Israel's practices in Gaza, describing the war on the strip at the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa as ‘not a war, but a genocide.’

In response, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz stated on Monday that the Brazilian President would remain ‘an unwanted person’ in Israel until he retracted his statements. Katz said, “In my name, and in the name of all Israeli citizens, tell President Lula that he is persona non grata in Israel until he retracts his statements.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Mauro Vieira criticized Katz's statement, highlighting that Israel is trying to cover up its attacks on the Gaza Strip, and that the statements from the Israeli Foreign Ministry are unacceptable in form and content.

Vieira accused Katz of lying, emphasizing that President Lula da Silva could not retract his condemnation of the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. He added, "It is a shameful page in Israeli diplomatic history.”

Notably, on Monday, the Israeli Foreign Minister summoned the Brazilian ambassador to Israel, Frederico Meyer, for reprimand. In response, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zonshine, and recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv for consultations.

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