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Brazil Set to Open Trade Office in Jerusalem


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Sun, 15 Dec 2019 20:15 GMT

Brazil opened on Sunday December 15th a trade office in Jerusalem as a part of a step to move Brazil's embassy in Israel from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Speaking at a ceremony attended by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Eduardo Bolsonaro, a lawmaker and the son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, reiterated his government's pledge to relocate the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem.

"He told me that for sure, it's a commitment, he's going to move the embassy to Jerusalem," the younger Bolsonaro said, AFP reported.

"We want to do a movement to Jerusalem not only for Brazil, but to be an example for the rest of Latin America."

In January, President Bolsonaro promised to follow Trump's controversial step and relocate his country's embassy from Tel Aviv.

Almost all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv, insisting Jerusalem's status should be defined via Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

But in May 2018, the United States broke with that consensus and relocated its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, but Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their own future state.

This Brazilian move increased fears that it could endanger Brazil's valuable meat exports to Arab markets, but Eduardo Bolsonaro dismissed concerns.

For his part, Netanyahu praised Brazil for its support of Israel in international forums.

"Israel was there, and Israel will always be there for the people of Brazil and for our common friendship," he said.

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