U.S. airstrike in Middle East to push up Brazil's fuel prices: president
Rio de Janeiro
Publish- January 04, 2020, 04:05 PM
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Update- January 04, 2020, 04:07 PM
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Ap File Photo
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday the U.S. airstrike in the Middle East is bound to push up Brazil's fuel prices.
Reporters asked Bolsonaro to comment on the U.S. airstrike which killed a top Iranian military commander in Iraq, and whether his administration would take any action to halt the likely spike in fuel prices if the conflict escalates.
"It will have an impact. We will have to see what our limit is because fuel prices are already high here, so things will get complicated if they rise more," Bolsonaro said.
The Brazilian president said he had not had the chance to talk to his economy minister or the CEO of state-run oil and gas giant Petrobras to discuss the situation, and stressed that he will "talk to those who understand" the matter better before making any decisions.
"I will talk to those who know about it," he said, adding "Brazil is doing well because I don't poke my nose into everything, I ask about it."
Bolsonaro added that he will meet army Gen. Augusto Heleno, minister of Institutional Security, to find out more about the U.S. attack and its political implications.