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Saturday, 14 December 2019 5.48 AM IST

Brazil rejects help from G7 leaders to fight Amazon fires

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday rejected G7 leaders' offer to help in fighting Amazon fires. Bolsonaro made the comment after the G7 nations had offered to help Brazil in saving the world's largest rainforest from fire.

Earlier, the G7 leaders had offered more than $22 million to fight the fires. Several world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had stated that they have contacted the Brazilian authorities and extended help to Brazil in order to combat the forest fires. However, these offers did not go down well with the Brazilian president who asked the leaders to mind their own business as the forest fire is Brazil's internal affair. Bolsonaro even went on to attack the French President by claiming that Macron is trying to save his country's agriculture from Brazilian competition in the name of trying to protect the amazon forests.

On the other hand, Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that his country is ready to welcome any aid in helping the country to save the Amazon rainforests. The Amazon rainforest, known as the lungs of the world, has been on fire for more than three weeks now and has caught the attention of international leaders ever since the news about forest fire emerged.

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TAGS: AMAZON RAIN FOREST, AMAZON FIRE, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, JAIR BOLSONARO, G7 SUMMIT, EMMANUEL MACRON, FRENCH PRESIDENT
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