Spain hopes to "consolidate" the relations it maintains with Brazil, a country in which it will continue to "gamble" after the investiture on Tuesday of its new president, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro.
This was expressed today by the president of the Spanish Congress, Ana Pastor, who is in Brasilia to represent Spain in the inauguration of the president, winner of the presidential elections last October.
Pastor stressed that the "frank" relationship between Spain and Brazil will continue despite the alternation of power in the respective countries, thanks to the strengthening of "ties that go beyond the economic and political."
Spain "is available to promote and improve relations in all areas" with Brazil, including the economy, said Pastor, Popular Party (PP, center right).
The president of Congress also underscored the importance of the free trade agreement that for almost two decades unsuccessfully negotiated the European Union (EU) and Mercosur, a bloc composed of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and moved the support of Spain to those negotiations.
In that regard, he expressed his hope that the agreement could be finalized before the European parliamentary elections, which will be held next May.
"We believe that this is fundamental for the future of Brazil and the EU, it is a process in which we all win, Europe wins and Brazil wins," he said.
Pastor, who heads the Spanish delegation at the inauguration of Bolsonaro, will meet today with the president of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, Rodrigo Maia, with the aim of launching the Hispano-Brasileiro Forum.
Later he will hold a meeting with the new president and his wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, to whom he will transfer the desire of Spain to continue "betting" in Brazil and intensify relations between both countries.
The president of the Congress is accompanied by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, and the ambassador of Spain in Brazil, Fernando García Casas.
Bolsonaro won the presidential elections last October with 56% of the votes, compared to 45% obtained by the progressive Fernando Haddad, successor of imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
After the victory of Bolsonaro, the president of the Spanish Government, the socialist Pedro Sanchez, posted on Twitter: "Brazil will always have Spain to achieve a more egalitarian and more just Latin America, the hope that will illuminate the decisions of every ruler" .