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Brazil opens Israel trade mission in Jerusalem, and signals to move embassy in Jerusalem

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Brazil on Sunday opened a new trade mission to Israel in Jerusalem, and signals that it would follow the United States by moving the full embassy to Jerusalem.

The announcement came during a visit by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro , an outspoken admirer of President Donald Trump, who broke the global consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the end of 2017 and moving to the U.S. embassy there last May.

Jair Bolsonaro had suggested in January to follow suit. This was an encouragement to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hopes to win a fifth term in next week's elections.

But senior Brazilian officials retreated after the idea for fear of damaging trade relations with Arab countries.

"Brazil decided to create an office in Jerusalem to promote trade, investment, technology and innovation as part of its embassy in Israel," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia said in a statement.

CTM News | 31st March 2019

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