WASHINGTON - The son of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met this week with President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to discuss Brazil’s intention to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The meeting, which was first reported in Brazilian media, was the first sign of coordination between the Trump administration and the Bolsonaro government over the Jerusalem embassy issue, about which Brazil could soon follow the United States' lead.
According to Brazilian media reports and sources in Washington, 34-year-old Eduardo Bolsonaro met with Kushner in the White House to discuss a number of issues in the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Kushner is in charge of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the White House and has made the embassy issue a major focus. Bolsonaro told Kushner that Brazil’s relocation of its embassy is “not a question of whether we will do it, but when we will do it.”
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Earlier this month, the president-elect affirmed his intentions to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that," Bolsonaro tweeted.
Netanyahu has warmly welcomed the victory of the far-right leader, calling Bolsonaro to congratulate him after winning the election as Israeli officials have said it is "highly probable" that Netanyahu will attend Bolsonaro's inauguration on January 1.
Bolsonaro’s son, who currently serves as a member of Brazil’s Congress, told Brazilian media after his meeting with Kushner that “we don’t know the date for the relocation or when it will happen, but we have an intention to do so.” He also complimented Kushner and later tweeted that he is “a great entrepreneur.”