Bolsonaro Focuses on Military in Visit to The Arab Emirates

Brazil signs classified information agreement with the Persian Gulf Monarch

Ana Estela de Sousa Pinto
Abu Dhabi

President Jair Bolsonaro focused on the military during his visit to the United Arab Emirates, a Persian Gulf country governed by a constitutional monarchy and founded in 1971, with the union of seven emirates.

The two countries signed an agreement that established a protocol regarding classified information.

The agreement established "equivalence of classification levels, protection measures, rules of access and transmission of classified information, as well as measures related to the leakage of confidential data".

Jair Bolsonaro arriving in Abu Dhabi. Foto: Clauber Cleber Caetano/PR

On Saturday (26), Bolsonaro stated that Brazil had stopped dedicated resources to its defense due to ideology and must rearm.

For the president, the Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration neglected the area because, according to the current president, the Armed Forces are the major obstacle to socialism and therefore, "interested in breaking our backbone."

The other agreement, on mutual assistance in customs matters, has no immediate effect on business, but may reduce tax bureaucracy, which would be a positive sign as Brazil dropped 15 positions in the World Bank's ease of doing business ranking, released on Wednesday (23).

Bolsonaro leaves the Emirates on Monday morning (28) for Qatar and then Saudi Arabia, the last leg of the trip that also included Japan and China.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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