Senior source says Brazilian embassy move a matter of time

As Netanyahu meets with Brazil's President elect- Bolsonaro, senior official says the nation will move embassy imminently.

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A senior diplomatic official said that "it is a matter of time" until Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro fulfills his promise to transfer his nation's embassy to Jerusalem.

"The subject of the embassy transfer was raised at the meeting. It's a matter of time. The situation is similar to that of President Trump - he declared and carried out later," said the source.

Trump had promised all throughout his campaign to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem but only decided to officially transfer it to Israel's capital in May 2018.

The statement comes as Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Bolsonaro in Brazil on Friday ahead of his inauguration as Brazil’s new president on January 1 in the country’s capital city, Brasilia.

Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed the “Trump of Brazil”, announced after his election that he intended to uphold his campaign promise and move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu later hailed Bolsonaro's announcement. Arab leaders, however, have condemned the move and have pressured Bolsonaro not to go through with it.

The Arab League recently warned Bolsonaro that moving his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries.