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Mission in Lebanon reinforces Brazil’s humanitarian role

Humanitarian aid from Brazil to Lebanon represents an important point in Brazilian foreign policy, say experts

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Brazilian former President Michel Temer meets with Lebanese President Michel Naim Aoun. Photo: Alexandre Manfrim/Brazilian Air Force

Brazilian foreign policy has always reserved space for relations with the Middle East, with ups and downs throughout history. With Lebanon, Brazil has cultural, commercial, and historical ties, mainly because it is home to the largest Lebanese diaspora in the world. There are 12 million people of Middle-Eastern descent living in Brazil, 27 percent are of Lebanese origin, according to the most recent survey by the Middle East-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. The number is three times the size of the entire Lebanese population.

Considering this relationship between the countries, a special humanitarian aid mission arrived in Beirut on Thursday...

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