President-elect of Brazil Wants to “Forge Closer Ties“ With Arab Countries
Brazil’s President-elect Jair Messias Bolsonaro said on Sunday he intends to “tighten“ relations with Arab countries after a controversial announcement to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jair Bolsonaro today received an invitation to visit the United Arab Emirates, made by the country’s Jiu-Jitsu Federation, which organized one of the stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, which took place in Rio de Janeiro this weekend.
Bolsonaro was invited by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation to attend the event, which took place at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro and handed out medals and prizes, ensuring that “sport will have a very special place“ in his government.
“I’ve always been passionate about sports, which I consider a universal language with very positive side effects, such as security, respect, development of other attributes, discipline and hierarchy,“ said Army Captain in reform.
Speaking to reporters at the sporting event, the president-elect said he will do his best to go to the United Arab Emirates, as he considers it “important“ to strengthen relations and business with the Arab countries, where “about a thousand Brazilian teachers “teach jiu-jitsu. “It is very important to strengthen relations with the Arabs,“ he said.
After the victory in the second round of the presidential election, with 55.1% of the votes, the Social Liberal Party candidate (PSL, far right) announced the intention to change the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, generating controversy and being criticized not only by the Arab countries, but also by the Brazilian businessmen, especially the meat exporters, who negotiate with them.
Although this announcement was not formalized, a Brazilian commercial mission that was to visit Egypt was canceled, apparently in reaction to the declared intention of the president-elect.
According to official data, the Arab countries represent one of the most important markets for Brazil, which in 2017 exported products worth 11.8 million euros to this market.