Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday said Brazil was ready to take its place among leading nations of the globe by reforming its economy and engaging more with international problems such as North Korean nuclear arms and Venezuela’s economic and political crisis. Temer made the statements in a speech before the United National General Assembly in New York. He said, “A new Brazil is emerging based on reforms and it is a Brazil more open to the world.” He said Brazil’s reforms were aimed at reinforcing “fiscal responsibility.” He condemned trade protectionism and praised the World Trade Organization. “Brazil defends a system of open international trade based on rules,” he said. Temer also called for an overhaul of the United Nations itself, saying “what is needed, in particular, is an expansion of the Security Council.” Brazil has long sought a permanent seat on the Council. He said Brazil intends to become more engaged in international problems, with a special focus on the UN’s economic and social development goals for 2030 and on the Venezuelan crisis. Temer and other Latin American leaders met with U.S. President Donald Trump Monday night to discuss Venezuela. Following the meeting, Temer said all agreed on the need for increased humanitarian efforts for the Venezuelan people but Temer rejected any move toward overt or military intervention in the country.
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