Brazil-Argentina Peace Mediator, Ambassador Scioli Comes to the (Political) Rescue

Known as a moderate Peronist and conciliator with no previous experience in the diplomatic world, Daniel Scioli achieved in six months as an ambassador what seemed impossible when he landed in Brasília: to relax Brazil-Argentina relations and pacify the Bolsonaro family.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  - On January 13th, a stuffy Wednesday of a less rainy summer than usual in Brasília, Argentine Ambassador Daniel Scioli climbed to the third floor of the Planalto Palace for an audience with Admiral Flávio Rocha, Strategic Affairs Secretary of the Jair Bolsonaro government, in which he voiced concern about the opening of the Brazilian wheat market to suppliers from outside MERCOSUR.

Rocha insistently touched his cell phone. After a few minutes, the Admiral interrupted the conversation and got up. He asked Scioli to join him. Less than ten meters away, he opened the door . . .

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