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Brazil: Bolsonaro and Biden Hold First Bilateral Meeting Tonight


18:30 ET 11:30 BST: US President Joe Biden and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will hold their first meeting this evening.

  • A face-to-face meeting is reportedly one of the conditions Bolsonaro attached to his attendance at the Summit of the Americas.
  • Bolsonaro is likely to use the meeting as a demonstration of his ability to operate on the world stage as campaigning begins for October's Brazilian presidential elections.
  • For Biden, Bolsonaro's attendance was essential as his administration received criticism for organisational problems and a boycott by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
  • Colm Quinn of FP: "The two leaders have little in common other than a desire to look busy at the Summit of the Americas."
  • Oliver Stuenkel, of Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo: “Biden is unlikely to offer much to Bolsonaro because most analysts expect the Brazilian president to lose the election in October. Bolsonaro is unlikely to offer much because he thinks Biden will be a lame duck after the midterms.”

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