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Brazil announces South American meeting on Amazon fires

Christian Fernsby |
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro announced Wednesday that Amazonian countries will meet to discuss the current situation created by fires in the Amazon.

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A meeting will be held September 6 with regional neighbors, except Venezuela, in Leticia, Colombia, Bolsonaro told reporters along alongside his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, who was present at the G7 summit in France last weekend.

He said Brazil accepted Chile’s offer of four aircraft to help fight the fires in Amazon, known as the "lungs of the earth," that have already risen 84% this year compared to last year. The fires reduce biodiversity and speed global warming.

Referring to the G7 countries offer of more than $20 million, Bolsonaro said Brazil's sovereignty had "no price, not even $20 trillion."

Pinera said environmental challenges must be met while respecting national sovereignty and the use of bilateral cooperation and an international fund to help deal with the crisis is "valuable and important."

He is "very glad" to collaborate with Brazil on the issue while "respecting the sovereignty of Brazil and respecting the country's president."

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