During the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made a strong appeal for addressing the suffering in Haiti. He emphasized the urgency of taking swift action to alleviate the plight of the Haitian people. Lula da Silva criticized the international community for years of indifference towards the real needs of Haiti, emphasizing that the problem goes beyond security concerns and is fundamentally a development issue.
The request made by the Haitian government, led by Ariel Henry, for an international force to combat gangs has gone unanswered for over six months, leaving the international community in search of new strategies. The United States, following Canada’s lead, is now considering Brazil to assume a leadership role in this mission. US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, visited Brazil to initiate discussions on the matter, acknowledging Brazil’s concern for Haiti and its commitment to finding a solution through collaboration with the Security Council.
President Lula da Silva also used the summit as an opportunity to criticize the inability of global powers to effectively address international crises and respond to the demands of emerging nations. He called for a new mentality to prevail in the world, highlighting the collapse of old paradigms.
In addition to expressing his hopes for a peaceful economic environment, Lula da Silva advocated for the exploration of alternative currencies for global trade. He mentioned that discussions within the BRICS organization, which includes Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa, have already begun on creating their own currency to facilitate trade among member nations.
Lula da Silva’s strong stance on Haiti and his call for international action at the G7 Summit demonstrate Brazil’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the Haitian people. By urging a comprehensive approach and advocating for alternative solutions, Lula da Silva aims to bring attention to the urgent need for support and development in Haiti.
Posted June 10, 2023