DOHA Feb 7 Qatar's government may not issue an
international bond this year because of recent rises in global
oil prices, which have boosted state revenues, finance minister
Ali Sherif al-Emadi said on Monday.
"We may not issue a bond this year given where oil prices
are - right now we are close to break-even" in the state budget,
Emadi told reporters.
Qatar's last international bond issue was a $9 billion sale
in May last year. Emadi said another issue was an option in the
2017 budget, but it might not be exercised.
He also said Qatar would not use assets from its sovereign
wealth fund to fund its deficit, because refraining from doing
so gave the government better fiscal discipline.
(Reporting by Tom Finn; Writing by Andrew Torchia)