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Brazil President-Elect Vows to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

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Brazil President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (Leo Correa/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 01 November 2018 08:41 PM

The president-elect of Brazil signaled his desire to follow in President Donald Trump's footsteps by relocating his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jair Bolsonaro posted on Facebook on Thursday he will follow through on a campaign promise regarding the embassy after he takes office.

"As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem," Bolsonaro wrote, according to a translation provided by Facebook. "Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that."

Bolsonaro was elected as Brazil's new president Oct. 28 and will take office Jan. 1. He is a member of the Social Liberal Party, which is conservative despite its name.

Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem earlier this year, a controversial decision that showed the world the U.S. believes Jerusalem is Israel's capital despite Palestine also claiming the ancient city as its capital.

He spoke with Bolsonaro after the latter's victory, as confirmed by a Monday morning Trump tweet:

"Had a very good conversation with the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who won his race by a substantial margin. We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else! Excellent call, wished him congrats!"

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Brazil President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will follow through on a campaign promise to move the Brazil Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after he takes office.
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