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US Ready to Fight Amazon Fires Only if Brazil Cooperates

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Thu, 29 Aug 2019 08:30 GMT

The US has expressed its willingness to help Brazil fight forest fires in the Amazon, but only if it involves working with the Brazilian government, an aide to President Donald Trump said late on Wednesday August 28th, according to AFP.

"The US stands ready to assist Brazil in efforts to combat fires in the Amazon," National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis tweeted late Wednesday.

But the Trump administration prefers a plan that includes cooperation with Brazil's government, he said.

"We didn't agree to a G7 initiative that failed to include consultations w/ @jairbolsonaro . The most constructive way to assist w/ Brazil's ongoing efforts is in coordination w/ the Brazilian Gov."

On Monday, the countries of the G7 - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – agreed to donate $20 million (€18 million) to fight blazes engulfing parts of the world's largest rainforest that is crucial for maintaining a stable global climate.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly clashed with European leaders, especially France's President Emmanuel Macron, over the way Brazil is dealing with the Amazon crisis.

Bolsonaro at first rejected the G7's offer, saying on Tuesday that he would be willing to accept the aid only if Macron withdrew his "insults," before changing his mind to say Brazil would accept foreign aid on the condition that it controlled the money.

But later on Wednesday, the South American leader fired a fresh salvo, accusing France and Germany of "buying" Brazil's national sovereignty and throwing into doubt whether his country was still open to accepting the aid funds.

Trump expressed his "full and complete support" for the Brazilian president on Tuesday and praised him for his "very hard" work on the Amazon crisis.


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