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Egypt Shelves Brazil Visit as Bolsonaro’s Israel Decision Sours Ties

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President-elect Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. Photo: Janine Moraes / Câmara dos Deputados.

Egypt has postponed a visit by Brazil’s top diplomat, Brazil’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, in a move that two diplomatic sources said was due to the president-elect’s vow to relocate the South American country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Aloysio Nunes Ferreira was set to fly to Cairo for a Nov. 8-11 visit, during which he was to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry postponed Nunes Ferreira’s trip, citing problems with senior officials’ agendas, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

But the Foreign Ministry sources, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said no new date has been proposed, signaling Egypt’s discontent with Jair Bolsonaro’s proposal.

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Egypt’s embassy in Brasilia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bolsonaro’s promise to relocate Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv follows a similar move by US President Donald Trump in May, after he recognized the city as the capital of Israel.


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