Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

Bolsonaro tells Arab ambassadors that his government is "open arms"

Bolsonaro tells Arab ambassadors that his government is "open arms"

The president of Brazil, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, said Wednesday at a dinner offered to about 40 ambassadors of Arab countries that his government is "open arms" for all countries, "without exception."

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The president hopes that the "commercial ties" that unite Brazil and the Arab countries will be transformed "more and more into bonds of friendship, respect and fraternity," he said in a video released by the Presidency.

"Our Government is open arms for all, without exception," added Bolsonaro, who this Wednesday served 100 days in power.

The dinner, which also included the Foreign Ministers, Ernesto Araújo; and of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina Corrêa, comes a week after Bolsonaro's visit to Israel, where he announced his intention to open a commercial office in Jerusalem.

The ultra-rightist leader promised during the electoral campaign to move the embassy of Brazil from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States, but so far has not decided to do so before the possible consequences that could result.

That possible change has already generated a deep malaise in many Arab countries, which are among the main importers of chicken in Brazil and who also did not welcome the opening of a commercial office in Jerusalem.

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abulgueit, went on to state that Brazil "violates international law" for having announced its intention to open a commercial office in Jerusalem, since "international law considers Jerusalem occupied land and prohibits the transfer of embassies and commercial offices ".

In this context, the dinner with the Arab ambassadors was held on Wednesday, during which Minister Corrêa reinforced Bolsonaro's message and said that "Brazil will continue to be more and more firm in its determination to be a country friendly to all."

"Our role from the Agriculture portfolio is to strengthen more, in addition to the friendship, the Brazilian agricultural business with those big countries that are the countries of the Arab League," he said.

According to the National Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), Arab countries occupy the third position among the main importers of Brazilian agricultural products.

Brazilian exports for that market totaled 16,400 million dollars in 2018.

Chancellor Araújo denied, on his part, alleged disagreements between the Government and the Arab community and gave as an example the dinner held on Wednesday.

"In this government there was never ice, but of course it is always important that we show in practice that certain things that are speculated do not exist," he said in remarks collected by state agency Agencia Brasil.


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