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Novak in Brazil: ‘We are ambassadors of peace’

President Katalin Novak met Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, declaring: "President Bolsonaro and I are ambassadors of peace."

“Brazil is a peace-loving country which has not seen war in the past 100 years, and everyone wants this to remain so,” Novak told the press after talks with the Brazilian president. “We’d like Hungary, too, to be untouched by war,” she said.

Bolsonaro said his main ambition was to protect family values, press freedom and democracy. He added that he had discussed with Novak trade issues, future cooperation and economic relations. The Brazilian president said relations were developing steadily, including in the context of the defence industry.

“Some 100,000 Hungarians live among us, and we are a country where we all live in peace,” he said. Referring to the war in Ukraine, Bolsonaro said he had spoken at length with President Putin. “The truth sometimes hurts, but there’s no alternative to peaceful coexistence,” Bolsonaro said.

Bolsonaro said Novak’s visit was a “great honour”, adding that Hungary and Brazil had common interests such as defending the home country, as well as protecting families and promoting freedom.

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