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Brazilian President Accepts Chile’s Aid to Fight Amazon Fires


7Dnews London

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 15:14 GMT

The Brazilian president on Wednesday August 28th said that Brazil has accepted the offer from Chile to send four aircraft to help curb the fire in the Amazon rainforest, saying that a meeting will be held with regional neighbours on September 6th, Reuters reported.

This offer was made during President Jair Bolsonaro’s meeting with his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, in Brasilia.

Bolsonaro said the September 6th meeting between the South American states, excluding Venezuela, will be held in Colombia’s Leticia, and will discuss a common policy to defend the world’s largest rainforest.

The Brazilian government earlier rejected an offer by President Macron of France to allocate $20 million in G7 aid to fight the fires in the country. Macron said that Bolsonaro had “lied” in terms of environmental promises.

Bolsonaro said that Brazil's sovereignty had "no price, not even $20 trillion," in response to Macron’s offer.

"The French government called me a liar. Only after it has recanted what it said about me ... and the Brazilian people, who do not accept this diminution of the Amazon's sovereignty ..., can we talk again," Bolsonaro said.

The Brazilian government said on Tuesday August 27th, that it would accept all offers of global aid to fight wildfires ravaging through the Amazon rainforest as long as Brazil itself could decide how to use this aid.

"Brazilian sovereignty is not negotiable," presidential spokesman Rego Barros told reporters, adding that Brazil does not oppose talks with France. Bolsonaro, said in previous comments that he wanted Macron to withdraw “insults” made against him before accepting the $20 million offer from the G7 nations.

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