Sunday, January 9, 2011

Angry with Lula. Making Up with Dilma?

Bajo Reserva with an interesting factoid about Dilma's inauguration:
The US sent Hillary Clinton as a representative of President Barack Obama to Dilma Rousseff's ascension to the presidency. In contrast, the Mexican government opted to send as its representative the Foreign Ministry's undersecretary of Latin American and the Caribbean, Rubén Beltrán Guerrero.

The reason for this decision, we are told, is that the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and Brazil was sidetracked following declarations from December 1, 2010, of then-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who predicted that there wouldn't be concrete advances in the Cancún summit. We are told that the comments from Lula were poorly received by the government of President Felipe Calderón, because they were made just as the most delicate stage of the process of negotiation of agreements was being carried out.

We won't have to wait long to know if President Rousseff received the Mexican message of anger, because Undersecretary Beltrán Guerrero offered an olive branch in inviting her, if she wishes, to make a state visit to Mexico this year. Will she accept?
Silly as the origin of this dispute is, you hope and expect that this doesn't sidetrack Brazil and Mexico's growing commercial relationship.

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