WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil’s top diplomat in Washington has waved aside suggestions that relations with the U.S. have been hurt by a travel ban on his country that took effect Wednesday and expressed gratitude for advance warning of the measure.
Chargé d’Áffaires Nestor Forster said in an interview that the ban on foreigners arriving from Brazil wasn’t a setback, “not in any shape or form. It’s a public health measure confined to that area.”
He said the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is grateful that the U.S. gave it advance warning of the measure, as well as for “gifts” to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, including 1,000 ventilators for the Brazilian Health Ministry and a $7 million donation to help fight COVID-19.
“We are very appreciative of the fact that, you know, there was some consultation beforehand when the president decided to go forward with this measure,” Forster said