Lula in Italy: “I Dream of Peace and a Multipolar World”

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in Italy. Among the meetings scheduled for the next few hours are the Pope, President Mattarella, and Prime Minister Meloni. The visit precedes the interview to Corriere della Sera, in which the leader addresses a variety of topics: from the war in Ukraine to the next BRICS summit and the situation in the Amazon.

Lula hopes for closer commercial cooperation between Italy and Brazil, “two large economies whose relations are currently below their real potential,” while at the same time he hopes for a quick end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, “Both countries believe that they can win by militarily means – I disagree. I think too few people talk about peace.”

Lula then talked about the BRICS summit in August and about the UN, “This coalition of emerging economies has demonstrated the importance of adding different voices to the global debate. We believe that a multipolar world is better than a unipolar domination or a bipolar dispute. The creation of various networks, various agreements between countries can help to balance out conflicting trends and tensions. For example, The UN Security Council is a structure that needs to be reformed. It represents the balance of powers in the world as of 1945. Almost 80 years later, a lot has changed, and we need a bigger and more representative Council, with voices from Latin America and Africa, to really conduce peace and security.”