Brazil looks to neighbors for Amazon support, defends record

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Macron also spearheaded a financial offer of 20 million USA dollars from G7 countries to help battle the blaze in the Amazon, an offer Bolsonaro has so far rejected, and Pinera encouraged Brazil to accept.

Amazon nations, excluding Venezuela, will meet in September "to come up with our own unified strategy for preserving the environment, and also for exploration sustainable in our region", Bolsonaro said after meeting Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.

Bolsonaro has remained silent on the issue but said Tuesday that he would not accept $20 million in global aid meant to combat the Amazon fires unless Macron apologized for calling him a liar - a move governors in Brazil have urged against.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he will consider accepting a $US20 million ($30 million) offer of help from G7 nations to fight Amazon fires, but only after the French President Emmanuel Macron withdraws an "insult".

The offer of help came together with threats to veto a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc, of which Brazil is a member, as well as accusations against Bolsonaro that he has been lying about his efforts to deal with climate change.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is criticizing his country's indigenous protection policies, which he says are used by outside forces to limit Brazil's economy and give excessive amounts of land to tribes. Before we talk or accept anything from France. he must withdraw these words then we can talk.

On Tuesday, Mr Bolsonaro said he would only countenance accepting G7 money if Mr Macron retracted his earlier comments.

He was referring to a sarcastic comment made by the Brazilian president on a Facebook post that mocked the French first lady's physical appearance.

A personal spat between the leaders of Brazil and France seemed to dominate the dispute, but it also centered on Brazilian perceptions of alleged interference by Europe on matters of sovereignty, economic development and the rights of indigenous people.

"It's your country", he said.

He said the first step was to cover the emergency and collaborate with Amazonian countries in fighting the fires.

#Regram #RG @earthalliance #EarthAlliance, launched in July by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires now burning across the region.

Almost 2,500 troops and 15 aircraft, including two C-130 Hercules, have been deployed, according to the defense ministry, which has published satellite data it says show a reduction in the number of fires in the nine states spanning the Amazon.

She said: "The kids are affected the most".

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during the ceremony in which Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti takes the helm of the Brazilian Air Force, at Brasilia's Air Base on January 4, 2019.

Macron can't even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church. what is he trying to teach our country?

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump pledged his "complete support" for Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro added a quip about Macron being humiliated.

The number of blazes recorded across the Brazilian Amazon has risen 79% this year through August 25, according to Brazil's space research agency.

"We are working with our partners in Brazil and around the world to pressure the Brazilian government to conserve the Amazon in a way that supports people and nature".

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