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Newsline: Iran summons Brazil’s charge d’affaires in Tehran after Soleimani comments

Iran has summoned Brazil’s Chargé d’Affaires in Tehran after the government in Brasilia expressed support for the United States in the “fight against the scourge of terrorism” following the death of an Iranian general in a U.S. drone strike. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-iran-brazil/iran-summons-brazils-charge-daffaires-in-tehran-after-soleimani-comments-idUSKBN1Z61IF) The killing of Qassem Soleimani, widely viewed as the second most powerful figure in Iran and the architect of its efforts to extend influence in the Middle East, has triggered a major escalation of tensions in the region. Washington considered him a terrorist responsible for the deaths of many Americans and others, but for many Iranians he was a national hero, and hundreds of thousands of people attended his funeral on Monday. “We inform you that Brazil’s Chargé d’Affaires in Tehran, and representatives of other countries that spoke about the events in Baghdad, were summoned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, within the usual diplomatic practices,” the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The conversation was calm and cordial, it said, adding it would not comment on the details of the meeting. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday the country rejected all forms of terrorism “anywhere in the world”. He also said Brazil would continue to trade with Iran and that he would speak with the foreign minister about Tehran’s decision to call in Brazil’s envoy.

Newsline: Brazil opens Israeli trade office, pledges to move embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil will move its embassy to Jerusalem in 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, said Sunday that during the opening of a Brazilian trade office in the Israeli capital. The younger Bolsonaro, chairman of the Brazilian chamber of deputy’s international affairs and defense committee, said his father’s election commitment to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem still stands, describing it as a clear choice. “It’s not something extraordinary. It’s supposed to be a natural and normal thing,” he said. “We want to move to Jerusalem not just for Brazil, but to set an example for all of Latin America.” (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/12/15/Brazil-opens-Israeli-trade-office-pledges-to-move-embassy-to-Jerusalem/8711576431736/) Brazil would join the United States and Guatemala, which have already moved their embassies to Jerusalem, and Honduras, which has also pledged to do so.

Newsline: Guaido Allies Leave Venezuela Embassy in Brazil After Stand-Off

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido left the country’s embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday evening, ending a nearly 13-hour stand-off with diplomats loyal to President Nicolas Maduro. Freddy Meregote, the embassy’s charge d’affaires representing Maduro’s government, said the “attack” from the “enemies of the revolution” in Venezuela was repelled.” (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-13/guaido-backers-enter-venezuela-embassy-in-brazil-in-bold-move) Guaido’s top representative in Brazil, Maria Teresa Alexandrian, said in a statement that the decision to stand down was taken for safety reasons. She added that talks with Brazil‘s government were under way with the aim of ensuring access the embassy as soon as possible. A representative from Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spent hours on site, speaking with both sides. It was not clear what was agreed that allowed Maduro diplomats to regain full control of the embassy.

Newsline: Brazil’s Bolsonaro vows order after Guaido backers enter Venezuelan embassy

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his government was working to avoid violence after supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gained access to the country’s embassy in Brasilia on Wednesday. The move led to a standoff with backers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and scuffles outside the embassy, creating a diplomatic embarrassment as the BRICS summit of major emerging economies kicked off in the Brazilian capital. Tensions at the embassy highlight the stark differences between Bolsonaro, who has recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s leader, and Maduro’s Chinese and Russian allies, who are joining presidents from India and South Africa in Brasilia this week. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the embassy in Brasilia had been “invaded by force at dawn” and said on Twitter that Brazil should respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-brazil/guaido-backers-enter-venezuela-embassy-in-brasilia-sparking-standoff-idUSKBN1XN1SJ) Guaido’s envoy in Brazil, María Teresa Belandria Expósito, said in a statement that her personnel had gained access when a group of embassy workers opened the doors voluntarily. Bolsonaro repudiated “the interference of external actors” in a Twitter post about the incident, without specifying to whom he was referring. He gave assurances that public order would be maintained in accordance with the Vienna Convention. The right-wing Brazilian president’s security advisors said in a statement he had not “incentivized the invasion of the Venezuelan embassy.”

Newsline: Brazil president confirms career diplomat tapped for embassy in Washington

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed the nomination of Nestor Foster to be ambassador in Washington after backtracking on appointing his son, lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro. “He’s a well-liked person, an exemplary figure, he has everything to be successful,” Bolsonaro told reporters before he left Tokyo for Beijing, the next stop on a tour of Asia and the Middle East. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-brazil-diplomacy/brazil-president-confirms-foster-tapped-for-embassy-in-washington-idUSKBN1X31UX) Foster is currently Brazil’s charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy.

Newsline: Son of Brazil’s president gives up bid for ambassador in Washington

Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, said he will no longer pursue an appointment as the country’s ambassador in Washington after his father said the nomination was being reconsidered. “I’ll stay in Brazil to defend conservative principles, to make the tsunami that was the 2018 election a permanent wave,” Eduardo Bolsonaro told reporters. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics/son-of-brazils-president-gives-up-bid-for-ambassador-in-washington-idUSKBN1X21SX) The 35-year-old lawmaker said he would relinquish his chance at the diplomatic post to defend the government’s agenda.

Newsline: EU ambassador says Mercosur trade deal unaffected by Amazon wildfires

A trade deal between Europe and the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) provides a clear commitment to the Paris Agreement in combatting climate change, the new EU ambassador in Brasilia, Ignácio Ybáñez, told EURACTIV’s partner EFE in an interview. However, he hinted that the deal was not at risk. “We have been negotiating the agreement for 20 years, which is a commitment to the future between the two regions, so it is not true to think that parliaments will react against specific things,” he said. In light of the worst wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, Ybáñez said, “The Mercosur agreement contains some commitments of how we want our future relationship to be. For example, on the environmental issue, there is a clear commitment to compliance with the Paris agreement and international agreements by Brazil and Mercosur”. (https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/eu-ambassador-says-mercosur-trade-deal-unaffected-by-amazon-wildfires/) But the lack of action from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to tackle the critical situation in Amazon has triggered the strong reaction of some EU member states. France and Ireland threatened to block the Mercosur deal, while conservative Bolsonaro warned French President Emmanuel Macron not me meddle in his country and stop using the issue for domestic political reasons.