We will only accept help from G7, if Macron withdraws his statement – Brazil President

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has told G7 that his country will only accept an offer of international aid to fight the devastating Amazon fires if President Emmanuel Macron withdraws his “insults”.

Jair Bolsonaro said in a statement, Mr Macron had called him a liar and he accused the French president of questioning Brazil’s sovereignty.

Mr Bolsonaro told reporters: “First of all, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar.

“Before we talk or accept anything from France… he must withdraw these words then we can talk.

Mr Bolsonaro and Mr Macron have been embroiled in a deeply personal and public war of words in recent days, with Brazil’s president appearing to mock the French leader’s wife on Facebook.

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Mr Macron responded by saying it was “extremely disrespectful” and “sad”.

The French president made the offer of financial aid for the Amazon at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, France after leaders had discussed fires ravaging the world’s largest tropical rainforest – often dubbed “the lungs of the world”.

The G7 nations have pledged $20m (£16m) to help fight the flames in the Amazon and protect the rainforest, in addition to a separate $12m (£9.8m) from Britain and $11m (£9m) from Canada.

Source: Sky News

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