Brazil's Bolsonaro: Only Israel has the right to decide its capital

He also mentioned that some Arab countries might oppose the move.

By REUTERS,
January 3, 2019 20:50
Brazil's Bolsonaro: Only Israel has the right to decide its capital

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, his wife Michelle Bolsonaro, and the wife of the PM Sara Netanyahu . (photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)

 
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Newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro declared he would transfer the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem on late Thursday night.

"Israel is a sovereign state and we must respect it," Bolsonaro said. "Only Israelis have the right to decide what the capital of Israel will be." There is still no date set for when Brazil will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but earlier on Thursday the national security adviser to Bolsonaro also said the president had a clear intention to do so.

Bolsonaro also mentioned that some Arab countries might oppose the move.

"Extremist Arab countries will object if we move the embassy to Jerusalem, others will not," Bolsonaro said.



Speaking in the capital Brasilia, retired army general Augusto Heleno said he did not think Brazil would face any issues with Arab nations, which oppose the move and are major buyers of Brazilian meat.

Bolsunaro also said that he was open to discussing the possibility of establishing a US military base in his country.




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