Brazil makes U-turn on international aid offer for Amazon

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Brazil appears to have backtracked on its rejection of G7 funds to fight the Amazon forest fires, saying it will accept as long as it has control over how the money is spent.

Presidential spokesman Rego Barros made the comments in an apparent attempt to smooth over a public spat between the Brazilian and French presidents.

Over the weekend, the G7 offered $20m in aid to battle wildfires which have been causing devastation in Brazil’s Amazon basin.

On Tuesday, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said he would only accept an offer of international aid if French leader Emmanuel Macron withdrew “insults”.

Macron has questioned Bolsonaro’s trustworthiness and commitment to protecting biodiversity, while Bolsonaro has said his French counterpart has called him a liar, and accused him of questioning Brazil’s sovereignty

There now appears to have been a change of heart, with Barros saying on Wednesday: “The Brazilian government, through its president, is open to receiving financial support from organisations and countries.

“This money, when it enters the country, will have the total governance of the Brazilian people.”


Via Sky News/Al Jazeera



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