A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces looks out from a building on the front line in Raqqa.
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Brazil plans to reopen its embassy and restore full diplomatic relations with war-torn Syria in the hope of participating in its reconstruction.The South American country has at times endorsed international condemnation of President Bashar Assad, but it has refrained from supporting any of the insurgent groups backed by Western and Arab countries during the conflict.In his assessment of why Brazil should expand its diplomatic presence in Syria, Nunes Ferreira said the country was a "hot spot of world politics" and home to an estimated 1,500-strong Brazilian community. With the support of Temer's government, Brazilian companies have attended two recent business fairs in Damascus.Another Brazilian company, the pharmaceutical group EMS, was quoted in Syrian state media as discussing the construction of a factory with local partners.Brazilian businessmen have also met with Syrian ministers.But big challenges lie ahead for Brazilian companies interested in the Syrian market. This prompted the Syrian charge d'affaires to meet with Brazil's central bank governor, Ilan Goldfajn, two weeks ago.
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