G7 leaders close to agreeing plan to help the Amazon

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International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a deal to provide “technical and financial help” was close.

Leaders from the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Canada continue their meeting in the seaside town of Biarritz on Monday.

It comes amid international tension over record fires burning in Brazil.

Sources close to the talks were quoted as saying that the G7 leaders had agreed to do everything they could to help tackle the fires, giving Macron a mandate to contact all the countries in the Amazon region to see what was needed.

In other developments at the G7, the White House has said Donald Trump was “surprised” that Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had been invited to the summit.

French officials said the unannounced visit was designed to lower tensions stoked by the re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear treaty and the seizure of two oil tankers.

 

Via Reuters

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