Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday welcomed US backing for the Latin American country's bid to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), after Washington previously supported its rival Argentina for the application.
The 64 year old leader reacted after Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo announced the US decision on Twitter late Tuesday, saying it proved Brazil was "building a solid collaboration with the United States,capable of generating short, medium and long term results, for the benefit of Brazil's transformation into the great nation we always wanted to be."
"The news [of US support] was very welcome," Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia.
"There are more than 100 requirements to be admitted to the OECD. We are very advanced, even ahead of Argentina," the far-right leader boasted.
Bolsonaro's hopes for Brazil to enter the OECD were dealt a blow in October when reports declared Washington had sent a letter to the group backing Argentina and Romania to join. It reportedly did not mention Brazil.
The news at the time undermined Bolsonaro’s claims of close ties with US President Donald Trump, who had previously offered to support Brazil's inclusion.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later reassured Brazil that it still had US backing.