Bolsonaro reconsiders trip to Davos over security issues

The World Economic Forum is to take place January 21–24

Published in 07/01/2020 - 10:31 By Pedro Rafael Vilela - Brasília

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is reconsidering his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is slated to take place from January 21 through 24.

The trip, which had been virtually confirmed, was question amid the increase in tensions in the Middle East following the attack by the US armed forces against Iraq, which led to the death of one of Iran’s most important high-ranking military official, General Qassem Soleimani.

“The world has its problems; it’s a matter of safety,” the Bolsonaro told reporters after a meeting at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in Brasília.

His trip to India, in the same period, has been kept unchanged, he declared. The president is a special guest for the celebrations of India’s Republic Day, celebrated on January 26.

Thus far, plans include leaving Brasília on January 20 and attend the forum on 22. The president participated in the event last year, as part of his first international trip after taking office.

Also following the schedule reported by spokesman Otávio Rêgo Barros, Bolsonaro is to proceed straight to India from Switzerland, where he should stay from January 24 to 28.

The president’s international engagements also include a trip to the US in March.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster

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