January 8, 2020 / 10:01 PM / 9 days ago

Brazil cancels Davos trip for President Bolsonaro, citing security

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on as he leaves the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros told reporters on Wednesday.

Barros said security concerns were a factor in the decision, but denied any connection with recent events in the Middle East, adding that unspecified “political and economic aspects” were also part of the decision.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito in Brasilia; Writing by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Brad Haynes and Chris Reese

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