Aug 26, 2019

Amazon fires: G7 leaders close to agreeing plan to help, says Macron

International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a deal to provide "Technical and financial help" was close. President Macron last week described the fires as an "International crisis" and pushed for them to be prioritised at the G7 summit this weekend. Announcing the military help in a television address on Friday, President Bolsonaro insisted forest fires "Exist in the whole world" and said they "Cannot serve as a pretext for possible international sanctions". Environmental activists have drawn links between President Bolsonaro's attitudes towards the environment and the recent surge in the number of fires in the famous rainforest.

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