Brazil announces the opening of a new diplomatic branch in Jerusalem; Netanyahu praises Israeli-Brazilian ties, both Brazil and Israel sign numerous bilateral agreements in trade and cooperation.

President Jair Bolsonaro announced Brazil would open a trade office in Jerusalem, a step towards eventually relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Bolsanaro met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem again on Monday, both leaders signing numerous agreements in the areas of technology, security, agriculture, tourism and much more. Giving a short press conference following their meeting, Netanyahu confirmed, “Today we signed a series of important agreements. We have just come from a meeting of our ministers. We spoke very concretely about all fields, from cyber to aquaculture, from water to the highest technology, from the needs of peace to the needs of security, which are the same needs.” He added, “We signed many agreements but the most important agreement is the agreement in the heart. We feel a partnership of values and of outlook in all areas.”

Netanyahu praised Brazil’s new trade office stating, “I welcome your decision to open a trade, technology and innovation office, an official office of the Government of Brazil, in Jerusalem. I hope that this is a first step toward the opening in time of the Brazilian Embassy in Jerusalem.”

The prime minister will visit the Western Wall (Kotel) with the Brazilian premier as well as attend the Israel-Brazil Innovation Summit focused on highlighting and boosting Israeli-Brazilian economic ties.

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