President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The two leaders discussed the launch of the Partnership for Workers’ Rights, the first joint U.S.-Brazil global initiative to advance the rights of working people around the world, including how our two countries will continue to work closely together to successfully implement it and ways to elevate labor priorities in multilateral forums.
President Biden and President Lula noted the importance of the restoration of democracy in Venezuela, and President Biden reiterated the United States’ support for the people of Venezuela and outlined our vision of a step-by-step approach where concrete actions toward restoring Venezuelan democracy, leading to free and fair elections, are met by corresponding sanctions relief by the United States.
The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation on climate, and discussed the importance of continuing to support Haiti as it deals with a humanitarian and security crisis. President Biden urged President Lula to support a Multinational Security Support mission to Haiti. During the meeting, President Biden expressed concern about the global effects of Russia’s war against Ukraine, particularly on food and energy security, especially on the poorest nations on the planet, and voiced support for the return of Russia to the Black Sea Grain Initiative.