Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Israeli source insists Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem 'a matter of time'

Israeli source insists Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem 'a matter of time'

Brazil's largest left-leaning opposition parties said Friday they will boycott the inauguration of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on January 1. "Our cooperation will help the citizens of both countries in economy, technology and military areas and will help strengthen the global status of Israel", Netanyahu said after the meeting with Bolsonaro, as quoted by his office in the statement.

After leaving Brazil, Pompeo is to make a brief stop in Cartagena, Colombia where he will meet Colombian President Ivan Duque to discuss regional issues, including Venezuela and counter-narcotics efforts, the department said.

According to the Israeli Embassy, Netanyahu will stay in Rio until Tuesday, when he will travel to Brasilia for the inauguration.

"We will be starting a hard government from January, but Brazil has potential", Bolsonaro said. "Brazil is the land of promise", said Netanyahu, adding that Israel could help in areas such as economics, security, agriculture and water resources.

"I have received calls from people who are concerned".

Several members of the Communist Party of Brazil also said they will shun the inauguration of the former army captain who won 55 percent of the vote in the October 28 presidential runoff.

The US official acknowledged "there has been some concern about older statements" but said Bolsonaro since the election has taken a "very strident and very forceful" approach to human rights in the region. Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton said the U.S. president and Bolsonaro were "like-minded" individuals. "We want more people to partner with Israel, as well as with us".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to attend Bolsonaro's New Year's Day inauguration in Brasilia and will discuss Trump's invitation to Washington, the official said. Current trade between Brazil and Israel is around $1.12 billion, with expectations that bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries could flourish under Bolsonaro.

The Israeli prime minister also serves as his country's foreign minister.

He has sought to expand Israel's diplomatic reach through technology and defence exports, and has worked to persuade more countries to vote in his country's favour at the United Nations, where it faces frequent criticism over its treatment of the Palestinians.

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