The Brazilian government has on Friday said that the country is successfully extinguishing the fires in the Amazon region that have generated international concern, after a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said earlier in the day that his son and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo were heading to Washington to discuss possible U.S. aid in fighting the fires. The far-right president said he asked Mr Trump for help and the U.S. President had said that “he couldn’t make a decision without hearing from Brazil.”
Mr Araujo told reporters after meeting with Mr Trump that the fires “are not an excuse to promote ideas of international management of the Amazon,” though he said the South American country is open to cooperation with other countries.
“The fires that exist today are already being fought and we are being successful in extinguishing most of the fires,” he said, adding that the meeting with Mr. Trump did not bring up specific U.S. aid.
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