The Brazilian oil group Petrobras announced Wednesday that it was suspending the passage of its tankers in the Strait of Hormuz due to the tension between Iran and the United States. After an assessment carried out jointly with the Brazilian Navy, Petrobras “Has decided to avoid passing through the Strait of Hormuz for the time being”, says the press release. This strait, through which much of the world’s oil transits, is located between Iran and the Sultanate of Oman.
Petrobras “Regularly assess changes to the routes of its vessels to avoid areas that pose a risk to the safety of its operations”, specifies the Brazilian public company. Temporary modification of the routes of Petrobras ships “Will have no impact on the supply of fuels to Brazil”, assures the group.
The region has been under heavy tension for weeks, particularly since the elimination by an American air strike, last Friday in Baghdad, of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, head of the Al-Quds Force, in charge of the external operations of the Guardians of the Revolution . In response to this elimination ordered by President Donald Trump, Iran launched missiles on Tuesday night at bases on bases in Iraq on which American troops are deployed.
A few hours later, Donald Trump lowered the anxiety of the markets by announcing that these Iranian missiles had not injured any American and by not mentioning any new American military action. Investors fear, however, that Tehran is trying to block the Strait of Hormuz.
After the elimination of General Soleimani, the Brazilian government and President Jair Bolsonaro have supported President Trump “In its fight against the scourge of terrorism”. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs later said that the Brazilian charge d’affaires in Tehran had been summoned by the Iranian government.
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