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Bolsonaro gives US right to use Brazilian base for its air force

Staff Writer |
The governments of Brazil and the US signed an agreement by which the Jair Bolsonaro administration grants Washington power to use the aerospace launching base of Alcantara in the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao.

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The accord signed in Washington during Bolsonaro's visit follows previous failed attempts by the US to utilize the base.

It tried to lease the facility from the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002), but the Brazilian National Congress rejected any agreement on it for representing a threat to national sovereignty.

Several political figures in Brasilia are impugning again the signed agreement, arguing Alcantara represents the best place in the world to launch missiles and satelites into orbit, and Washington is showing much interest to use the base with military ends.

It is also of concerned that the area will be administered by the US.

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