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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera meet in Brasilia

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday (Jan 1 2019) in Brasilia with Chilean President Sebastian Pińera, where both were attending the inauguration of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro.

Netanyahu told the Chilean president that he welcomes the opening of a direct route from Santiago to Israel.

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Both leaders agreed that they would work together to advance direct flights to Israel via Africa, thus shortening travel time. They also discussed deepening bilateral trade links between the two countries.

While in Brasilia, Netanyahu also met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Cape Verde President Jorge Carlos Fonseca, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other leaders.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.