Arab ambassadors strengthen ties with Brazil

19 de julho de 2016

 São Paulo – Last Thursday (14), the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Brasília offered a dinner in honor of the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty) Marcos Galvão. According to Ibrahim Alzeben, Palestine’s ambassador and the Council’s dean, the event aimed to “strengthen ties with the institution [Ministry] and compliment [Galvão] on the new post”. The diplomat became secretary general at the end of May.

“We are two parties involved in strengthening ties between Brazil and the Arab world”, said Alzeben. The ambassador pointed out that the meeting was also attended by representatives of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras). “The event was also to display Arab unity and the ambassadors’ and institutions’ interest in strengthening these ties [with Itamaraty]”, he added.

In his speech, Galvão talked about the good relations between Brazil and the Arab League countries and showed that the Ministry is working to strengthen trade and economic relations with Middle East and North Africa countries even more.

“The recent restructuring of the foreign trade area in Itamaraty will contribute to the strengthening of trade and economic ties and for us to, in sync with the private sector, be able to identify the complementarities between our countries”, said the secretary general.

Besides Alzeben and other ambassadors of Arab countries, the Arab Chamber’s CEO, Michel Alaby, vice-president of International Relations, Osmar Chohfi, and director Mohamed Abdouni also attended the dinner. Mohamed Zoghbi, Fambras’ president, and other members of Itamaraty were at the event as well.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani