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Brazil Confirms Embassy Move to Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON DC, The United States – Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, said on Tuesday that the future government intends to change the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The deputy said that he believes that it is already decided that the change will occur and that “the question is not to ask if it will [occur], the question is to ask when it will,” he said.

“We still do not know for sure the date, how it happens, we have the intention and the idea,” he said.

The statement was made in Washington after the deputy met in the White House with Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner is one of the main articulators of the Middle East policy of the Trump government.

In early November, a visit by Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes to Egypt was canceled by the country’s government. The cancellation came after Jair Bolsonaro’s announcement that he intended to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.

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Regarding the cancellation, the deputy said that he sees “no crisis” because, he said, the visit was only postponed to next year. The information was published by Agência Brasil.

“The entire business body that was scheduled to go to Egypt was, at the request of the Egyptian authorities,” he said.

The deputy also said the foreign minister of the next government, Ernesto Araújo, must keep the agenda and will certainly do good business there. “Even because, in this transitional environment, I have already received twice the visit of the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates.”

On possible consequences for international trade and reprisals from other countries because of the change, he said that he believes that it will be possible to find a way to solve the problem.

“I believe that politics in the Middle East has already changed a lot, most of them are Sunnis, and they see Iran as a great danger,” he said. “Maybe we are supporting policies to stop Iran, that wants to dominate that region, that we can not get a support of these Arab countries.”

The deputy also stated that he did not talk to Jared Kushner about a future visit of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to Brazil. According to him, the topic should be discussed during the visit to Brazil of the United States National Security Adviser, John Bolton, on November 29, with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

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