In messages sent through their respective Twitter accounts, both politicians coincided in expressing their hopes that Lula’s return to power will strengthen global cooperation in the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment.
Congratulations to Lula on his victory in Brazil’s election, Sunak wrote and said he looked forward to working with the new president on issues of interest to both countries.
Among the important issues mentioned by the British leader were the growth of the global economy, the protection of natural resources and the promotion of democratic values.
Starmer, for his part, said that Lula’s victory should be the beginning of a new era of global cooperation and action in the fight against climate change.
Lula, 77, who governed Brazil between 2003 and 2010 representing the Workers’ Party, defeated Jair Bolsonaro, who was seeking reelection for the Liberal Party, in the runoff on Sunday.
According to the count, Lula won 50.90 percent of the valid votes, against 49.10 percent for his opponent.