Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva wished a “full recovery” to Argentine President Cristina Fernández who underwent surgery last week for a head blood clot, and highlighted the close relationship between the two countries: “the last ten years have been the best period in our shared history.”
“Cristina Kirchner is not only important for Argentina, but for the whole region,” said Lula in an interview published in the daily Buenos Aires daily Página/12.
Lula da Silva said that the dialogue between the two nations was already excellent, but it could improve a lot through fiscal agreements, cultural exchanges, and 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.
The former president 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 da Silva, 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”.