Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Amazon fires: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro hints at U-turn over G7 support – latest news | World | News

Mr Bolsonaro was under pressure from European leaders to do more to combat the blazes. As reported by CNN, Mr Bolsonaro’s communications office had confirmed Brasilia would reject the $20million (£16.3million) support offered. Yet around an hour later, the President himself said to reporters: “Did I say that? 

“Did I?

“Did Jair Bolsonaro speak?”

The Amazon rainforest fires sparked a huge wave of anger across the world after the blazes began raging furiously this month.

Charities, politicians and countries have come out to express their fury over the fires.

The President has been involved in a war of words with French President Emmanuel Macron over the fires.

Mr Macron accused his Brazilian counterpart of “lying” to him about climate commitments during trade negotiations.

Mr Bolsonaro added when talking to reporters he would only respond to the offer when Mr Macron withdrew those comments about him.

As reported by BBC, Mr Macron was furious after Mr Bolsonaro made what he called “extraordinarily rude” and “sad” remarks on a Facebook post.

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France joined the Republic of Ireland in vowing not to ratify the EU-Mercosur trade deal if Brazil did not do more to combat the fires.

Around 20 percent of Mercosur’s trade comes from the EU, making it the second biggest partner of the bloc.

Only 2.3 percent of EU exports heads to Mercosur, a South American trade block established in 1991.

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are full members of the bloc, while Venezuela’s membership was suspended in December 2016.


Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname are associate members while New Zealand and Mexico are observers.

The EU-Mercour trade deal began negotiations in 1999 but was not announced until the G20 in Osaka earlier this year.

Mr Bolsonaro spent 15 years in the Brazilian Army before entering politics, reaching the rank of captain.

He would spend two years as a city councillor in Rio de Janeiro for the Christian Democratic Party before being elected as a federal deputy in the lower house of Brazilian Congress for Rio de Janeiro.

In January last year, he joined the Social Liberal Party and became the parties Presidential candidate.

He won both rounds of the race.

In the final run-off he took on a ticket of former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party with Rio Grande do Sul State Deputy Manuela d’Avila of the Communist Party of Brazil as Vice-President.

Mr Bolsonaro’s Vice-President is former army general Hamilton Mourao of the Brazilian Labour Renewal Party.

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