Polish FM to attend inauguration of Brazil's new president

Participants hold talks at a session of the Syrian Iranian joint ministerial economic committee in Tehran

Participants hold talks at a session of the Syrian Iranian joint ministerial economic committee in Tehran

Photo provided by Agencia Estado shows Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (C-L) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro arriving at Brazil's National Congress prior to his inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 1, 2019.

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 1 (IANS) Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro will be sworn in as Brazil's new President on Tuesday, the media reported. Bolsonaro who represents conservative Social Liberal Party (PSL - Partido Social Liberal) was elected president.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that the planned withdrawal of USA forces from Syria would not change Washington's commitments to the Jewish state.

The Arab League had told Bolsonaro that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries, according to a letter seen by Reuters earlier in December.

The former army officer, who campaigned as a political outsider despite nearly three decades serving in congress, has promised to cure Brazil's endemic problems of crime, corruption and economic strife.

Asked about Israel's ties with Arab states in the region and when he will make another official visit to an Arab state as he did in October to Oman, Netanyahu said he would not say when he will meet publicly with the next Arab leader, "But it is not going to be very long".

The decision is part of one of Mr Bolsonaro's key election promises - that he would deny new land claims by Indigenous tribes and that he wants to open their land to commercial mining and farming. Despite being stabbed at a campaign rally in the month of September 2018, Bolsonaro continued to conduct the campaigns from the hospital he was admitted.

The capital Brasilia was under tight security, with 3,000 police patrolling the event.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington will continue to work closely with Israel over Syria and Iran, despite President Donald Trump's announcement of withdrawing American troops from Syria. Bolsonaro was wounded by a knife-wielding assailant during the campaign, and he takes office at a moment when the country is deeply polarised.

He has promised to govern for all of the country's 210 million Brazilians, though his initial declaration suggests it will be on his terms, as he seeks to remake the country around his agenda.

In his inaugural speech, Bolsonaro called for unity, and a pact between society and the three different branches of government "to rebuild our country".

"We are counting on him to free Brazil from the boot of the criminals".

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Brasilia, Brazil".

He has been a member of several political parties but is now in the Social Liberal Party (PSL), which has grown from having a tiny presence in Congress to becoming the party with the second largest number of deputies in the lower house.

That move, though, could be challenged by Congress.

Before becoming a politician, Mr Bolsonaro served in Brazil's military, where he was a paratrooper and rose to the rank of captain.

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