Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, this evening (Thursday, 27 December 2018), leave on a historic visit to Brazil where he will meet with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and attend the latter's inauguration.
Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with the Brazilian defense and foreign ministers and is also due to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chilean President Sebastian Pińera, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez and other leaders. The Prime Minister will also meet with Brazilian Jewish community leaders and participate in community events, which will also be attended by Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Bezerra Crivella.
Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is a major economic power with over 200 million people. Trade between Brazil and Israel is currently around $1.12 billion. The Prime Minister's visit is expected to increase bilateral trade and advance economic relations between the two countries.