Bolsonaro Not Ruling Out US-Brazil Military Cooperation

Bolsonaro Not Ruling Out US-Brazil Military Cooperation

Bolsonaro Not Ruling Out US-Brazil Military Cooperation

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected on pledges to crack down on crime and give security forces a free hand against criminals, praised the move.

He quickly reversed course, however, saying "it is not yet decided", apparently responding to fears from Brazil's powerful farming businesses that an embassy move could put at risk $1bn in meat exports to Arab markets.

Bolsonaro, who assumed office on Tuesday, also said Brazil should be anxious about Russian ties to the "dictatorship" in Venezuela.

A former military officer and member of the Brazilian parliament, Bolsonaro ran and won his country's presidency on a platform of disrupting the status quo when it came to foreign relations.

Bolsonaro declared Brazil and the United States to be "friends" and said in his first post-inauguration TV interview he was open to looking at his country hosting a U.S. military base, citing regional instability from neighboring Venezuela and its backer Russian Federation.

The president, sworn in on Tuesday, had a productive first meeting with his full cabinet, and by early next week each minister should announce their top immediate priority, said Bolsonaro's chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni.

"We have to worry about our security and our sovereignty", he said, adding: "I consider the American people our friends".

The Justice Ministry previously handled demarcation of indigenous lands through the FUNAI agency, which also oversees other initiatives for indigenous groups such as health care, housing and language preservation.

Bolsonaro, 63, represents a sharp break with Brazil's recent record of left of center policies, swerving his country sharply to the right and towards the United States.

Ceara's governor belongs to the leftwing Workers Party which was driven into opposition by the election of Bolsonaro and his ultraconservative allies.

During his presidential campaign, Bolsonaro had said that he was considering placing indigenous affairs under the ministry of agriculture, alleging lands should be opened to commercial activities that are now banned.

"Depending on what might happen in the world, who knows if we might have to talk about it [a U.S. base] in the future", the former Brazilian army captain said. "We don't see any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues".

Nonetheless, Bolsonaro tweeted on Thursday morning that privatization of 12 Brazilian airports and 4 ports should attract 7 billion reais ($1.85 billion) in initial investment.

Bolsonaro's first day in office sparked a wave of optimism in Brazil's financial market.

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