Sunak, Lula discuss UK-Brazil trade relationship

London, May 5 (EFE).- UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held a meeting here Friday in which they discussed the bilateral trade relationship and other items of mutual concern.

The two leaders “agreed on the importance of working together to address trade barriers and unlock investment between the two countries,” the prime minister’s office said afterward in a statement.

A day before King Charles III’s coronation, an event that will be attended by dozens of world leaders, Sunak and Lula discussed the “great potential” of the bilateral relationship, including in the areas of health, research and development and technology, 10 Downing Street added.

It said the British prime minister praised Lula’s leadership on climate change and indicated that the United Kingdom will contribute 80 million pounds ($101 million) to the Amazon Fund to help stop deforestation and preserve the rich biodiversity of that biome.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, the two leaders agreed that “Russia’s invasion was unacceptable, as was the killing of innocent civilians,” the statement said, adding that both leaders concurred that “peace was in everyone’s interests.”

Sunak and Lula agreed to stay in regular contact and look forward to seeing one another at the G7 summit later this month in Japan and at the G20 summit to be hosted next year by Brazil, the statement said. EFE


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