Pompeo: Syria pull-out changes nothing in USA support for Israel

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Regarding Syria, however, Israel received assurances that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from the country in no way changes Washington's commitment to the security of the Jewish State.

Tuesday's festivities in the capital of Brasilia began with a motorcade procession along the main road leading to Congress and other government buildings.

Bolsonaro takes over from deeply unpopular center-right president Michel Temer, who was effectively a caretaker figure following the impeachment of leftist leader Dilma Rousseff, booted from office in 2016 for fiddling the government books.

Mr Bolsonaro then read a short speech that included numerous far-right positions he staked out during the campaign.

In an earlier inauguration speech, the 63-year-old former paratrooper had promised to "unite the people, value the family, respect religion and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat the ideology of gender and preserve our values".

Mr Bolsonaro was the latest of several far-right leaders around the globe who have come to power by riding waves of anger at the establishment and promising to ditch the status quo. Since a USA -led invasion in 2003 toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, Israel has anxious that Iraq's Shi'ite majority could tilt towards Iran.

"I call on all congressmen to help me rescue Brazil from corruption, criminality and ideological submission", he said, earning a congratulatory message from Trump.

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The precautions were more stringent than in years past, in part because Bolsonaro survived a stabbing attack by a mentally unstable man when he was campaigning for the presidency in September.

"We can not continue flirting with communism", Bolsonaro said following his victory.

Security was ramped up for the inauguration, with some 3,000 police patrolling the event. Military tanks, fighter jets and even anti-aircraft missiles also were deployed.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, told reporters that a security delegation had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria as the U.S. plans to withdraw from the country.

Bolsonaro has pledged to follow the US and move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We understand the threat that that violation of Israeli sovereignty presents to the region and the country, that threat from Iranian Hezbollah", Pompeo said.