Despite criticism, the minister said that he will not step down and that it is necessary to recognize the qualities of the government
Asked by senators, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, said on Wednesday, the 24th, that there is no delay in the immunization plan against Covid-19 and not even when buying vaccines. In a long and troubled audience in the Federal Senate, he promised the arrival of inputs from the China for 32 million doses of the vaccine Oxford by the end of this month. Faced with episodes that generated friction in relations between Brazil and China, Ernesto Araújo denied that the dialogue between the two countries has been shaken. “We have no diplomatic problems with China. We are the only big country that has this situation today. And this is part of a construction of our foreign policy, which I see is completely misunderstood. I think that you, your excellencies, may follow from inadequate sources ”, argued the minister.
Throughout the session, the majority of senators made the chancellor’s administration in front of the Itamaraty tough. For the senator Jereissati badger (PSDB-CE), Brazil became an international pariah due to the minister’s performance. Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES) criticized the exhibition made by Ernesto Araújo. “I have never witnessed such a confusing presentation, not knowing how to construct a sentence with subject, verb and object. He did not answer the questions. Did you really study at the Rio Branco Institute? Your speech does not seem diplomatic, because instead of you apologizing for the Chinese ambassador, you defend those who have offended you, ”he contested. Many of those who participated in the session asked for Ernesto Araújo to leave Itamaraty.
For a senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS), he lost credibility at home. “In a meaningless meeting in front of a minister who does not recognize any flaws. Minister, your excellence is unanimous in the Federal Senate, something I have never seen. Unanimity of rejection and incompetence. There is no other way, Minister. Nothing from you or your ministry will be welcomed in this house from now on ”. Despite criticism, Minister Ernesto Araújo said that he will not step down and that it is necessary to recognize the qualities of the government. He said he had a clear conscience. “I close my eyes and sleep with peace of mind, with a clear conscience that, both in the Covid theme and in all my performance in front of the ministry, every day, I worked for Brazil, for a new Brazil. Not for Brazil of corruption, of theft ”, he defended.
During the session, the management of the international advisor to the Presidency of the Republic was controversial, Filipe Martins. While the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) spoke, he formed a circle with his index and thumb fingers and left the other three fingers stretched. The gesture was seen as obscene by some senators who even asked for the expulsion of the aide. Rodrigo Pacheco said he will investigate. “The presidency will not make pre-judgments, nor will it establish any kind of prejudice in relation to the fact and determines the general secretary of the Bureau, who takes care to collect the necessary information, including the image of the session and forward it to the Senate Legislative Police Federal Government to install its own procedure, ”said Pacheco. Earlier in the Chamber of Deputies, the minister said that he considers it difficult for Brazil to obtain authorization from the United States to purchase the Oxford vaccines that are stored in that country. According to him, the amount would be limited and the process is subject to regulation by the Americans.
* With information from reporter Levy Guimarães