Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro: Deputy Otoni de Paula (PSC / RJ),
1st Deputy Leader of the PSC in the Chamber of Deputies at 8:30am. Deputy Otoni
de Paula (PSC / RJ), 1st Deputy Leader of the PSC in the Chamber of Deputies at
9:45am. Deputy Major Vitor Hugo (PSL / GO), Government Leader in the House of
Representatives at 12pm. Bento Albuquerque, State Minister of Mines and Energy
at 2pm. Ernesto Araújo, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs at 2:45pm. 10th
Meeting of the Investment Partnership Program Council at 3:30pm. Marcelo Álvaro
Antônio, Minister of State for Tourism at 4:30pm.
Araújo: Internal orders at
11:30am. Audience with the President of the Republic at 2:45pm. 10th Meeting of
the Investment Partnership Program Council - CPPI at 3pm.
confirms plan to classify Hizbullah as terrorist organization:
Under pressure from the United States ,
President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that Brazil must classify the Lebanese
organization Hizbullah as a terrorist .
In an interview
with journalists, he said the group has informants in the country in the Triple
Border region and that, although not organized, are "united."
to do that there. They are terrorists," he said. "We have reports
that there are people from them here too, [in] Triple Frontier, organized crime
group in Brazil. They are united. They may not be very organized, but they are
united," he said.
compared the Lebanese organization's performance with the MST (Landless
Movement) and also called it a "terrorist".
terrorist groups, like the MST, for me, it's also a terrorist group. The guys
take the terror on the field here," he said.
weeks, Brazilian authorities have been studying how to implement the
classification, which is not so simple.
does not provide for a group to be declared a terrorist without prior
recognition by the UN Security Council.
Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), the president's son, and Chancellor Ernesto Araújo
are working to make Hizbullah included in the list of the Brazilian government,
which already includes groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
however, faces strong resistance from the Ministry of Defense, the Abin
(Brazilian Intelligence Agency) and the Federal Police.
In the words of
a military man, if he gives in to US pressure on this issue, Brazil will create
enemies that do not currently exist in the country and will suffer a reduction
in its ability to conduct its foreign policy independently of Washington.
(Party of God in Arabic) emerged in 1985 as a resistance movement against
Israel, which at that time occupied southern Lebanon, and is at the same time
an armed organization, a political party and a social organization.
which follows the Shiite branch of Islam, has representatives in the Lebanese
government, is a major political actor in the region and a historic ally of
Iran and the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.
numerous attacks attributed to Hizbullah, including the 1994 attack on
Argentina, which is why the US, Israel and Argentina, more recently, describe
the organization as a terrorist .
classification, however, is controversial. Germany regards the military part of
Hizbullah as a terrorist, but not its political and social wings, while Russia
and China do not consider the organization to be a terrorist. (2019/08/21 -
Brazil, British Minister Says United Kingdom Wants to Approach Country:
The United Kingdom wants to get closer to Brazil
as it prepares to leave the European Union and to redesign its relationship
with the world, said British Foreign Minister Conor Burns.
to leave the European Union is not just to leave political institutions. It is
a determined and deliberate attempt to engage us again with the rest of the
world, ”said the minister, who attended this Tuesday, the signing ceremony of a
cooperation program between the United Kingdom and Brazil in Brasilia. "My
presence here is a statement of intent that the bilateral relationship is
extremely important," he said.
It is Burns'
first overseas visit, appointed to the post in July by the new British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson.
as a destination, Burns said, reinforces the message that the country is among
the top priorities for the United Kingdom. Besides Brasilia, the Briton visited
Rio de Janeiro, where he met with businessmen and Governor Wilson Witzel.
Burns, there is an interest on the part of the United Kingdom and Brazil to
deepen trade relations. But it is not possible at the moment to talk, for
example, about negotiations for a broad trade agreement.
recalled that before addressing this issue, the United Kingdom needs to
finalize its exit from the European Union, a process known as Brexit. Johnson
has already indicated that this should occur by October 31.
something we want to do: deepen our trade relations, increase trade
volume," Burns said. "The exact mechanism of how this will happen we
have to wait a while and see," he said.
the signing of the agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, Brazilian
Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo included the United Kingdom in the list of
countries that Brazil would seek trade negotiations.
to comment on whether recent news that Amazon deforestation is increasing could
be a drag on the bilateral agenda.
him, Brazil has “legitimate ambitions to bring prosperity to its people” and
this can be done without jeopardizing preservation commitments.
Present at the
event in Brasilia, the special secretary of Foreign Trade and International
Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, Marcos Troyjo, said that the Brazilian
government will not only fulfill the commitments already assumed but recently
signed others in the environmental area by signing the free trade agreement.
trade with the European Union.
Donald Trump said he would like to start trade negotiations with Brazil and
Conor Burns is here. I think there can be no more concrete proof that not only
is Brazil open for business but the international community is willing to do
business with Brazil, ”said Troyjo, arguing that if there were doubts about
Brazil's willingness to keep its commitments preservation, these countries
would be afraid to approach at this time.
Troyjo have come together to launch a trade facilitation cooperation program,
which foresees investment by the British government of £ 20 billion - about $
100 million at current exchange rates.
The funds will
come from the British government's Prosperity Fund, which finances initiatives
in developing countries.
program, which has been negotiated since 2016, the United Kingdom will provide
technical assistance and promote activities that encourage micro, small and
medium enterprises to export their products abroad.
the British government, one of the focuses of the initiative will be the
"non-tariff barriers". The objective is to reduce these barriers to
trade, facilitating foreign companies to increase their participation in the
One of the
lines of action will also be to support Brazil's alignment with the technical
standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
In June, Brazil
and the United Kingdom had already announced bilateral health technical
cooperation in a program also associated with the Prosperity Fund.
There are also
ongoing initiatives in education, energy and “green finance”. In total, the
United Kingdom says it will invest in Brazil £ 80 million over the next four
years through this fund. (2019/08/21 - Estadão)