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26/02/2018 - 18:13hs

Brazilian foreign minister on Middle East trip

Aloysio Nunes will arrive in the region on Tuesday. He will travel to four countries, three of which are Arab: Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.

São Paulo – Brazil’s foreign minister Aloysio Nunes is taking a tour of the Middle East starting this Tuesday (27). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this Monday (26) that this is his first official trip to the region since he took office in March 2017.

The FM will travel to Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, in that order. The latter three are Arab countries. The Ministry said Nunes will discuss bilateral issues involving Brazil and the countries at hand, as well as regional and international affairs.

The Ministry said the trip will serve the purpose of “cementing Brazil’s status as a key partner of the region’s countries in cooperation, trade and investments, as well as reiterate Brazil’s support of a solution for the conflicts underway in the region.”

In Palestine, the second leg of the trip, Nunes is slated to meet with president Mahmoud Abbas, prime minister Rami Hamdallah, foreign minister Riad Malki and the commissioner-general to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbül.

In Jordan, he will sit down with king Abdullah II, prime minister Hani Mulki and foreign minister Ayman Safadi. In Lebanon, meetings are scheduled with president Michel Aoun, prime minister Saad Harriri, National Assembly president Nabih Berry and foreign minister Gebran Bassil.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry also said that in Lebanon, Nunes will pay a visit to the Brazilian Navy’s Barroso corvette, which is part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).


Exports from Brazil to Palestine reached USD 27.36 million last year, down 1.95 From 2016, according to Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services numbers compiled by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Beef was by far the biggest-selling item.

Brazil’s sales to Jordan amounted to USD 223.6 million in 2017, up 21.4% year-on-year. Poultry, beef, coffee, livestock and maize made up the bulk of sales.

Exports to Lebanon grossed USD 263.5 million, down 6% with beef, coffee, livestock and aircraft topping the bill.

Conversely, Brazil imported USD 19.6 million worth of goods from Lebanon, up 854% from 2016 and driven by fertilizers. Imports from Jordan came out to USD 7.5 million, up 24.4%, with fertilizers playing a big role and clothing coming in second. Imports from Palestine reached USD 281,000, up 96.7% and consisting mostly of fruit.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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