Brazil and the United States are in agreement that foreign countries should not interfere in facing the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said Friday, following a meeting with US President Donald Trump, AFP reported.
"I think we're on the same page, the governments are on the same page," Araujo said at the White House, adding that this translates to opposing foreign states that seek to meddle in Brazilian affairs to “save the rainforest.”
Araujo met Trump with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son Eduardo, Brazil’s next ambassador to the United States.
Trump’s administration supported Brazil against an angry Europe when it was found that logging, industry, and fires have greatly increased in the Amazon under Bolsonaro.
Brazil’s foreign minister told reporters the 30-minute meeting is an example of the “special” US-Brazilian ties under Bolsonaro.
"He and President Bolsonaro, and both administrations, share this view that countries are sovereign in their territories," he said, adding that the rainforest does not play the major role foreign countries claim it does in putting checks on the climate.
"We are conscious of how important the Amazon is for the world. But other forests are, other ecosystems are" and "we are being successful in extinguishing most of the fires," Araujo said.