Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Amman, Brazil late Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”

G7 countries made the $20 million aid offer to fight the blazes at the Biarritz summit hosted by Macron, who insisted they should be discussed as a top priority, according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website.

Brazilian defense minister, Fernando Azevedo e Silva, said that the situation “is under control”, adding that the deployment of more than 2,500 military personnel, hundreds of vehicles and dozens of aircraft have helped to ease the fires and that the igneous foci have also diminished, thanks to the rains in the western Amazon.

Source: Jordan News Agency