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G7 nations close to agreement on tackling Amazon fires, says French President Macron

Emmanuel Macron. Photograph:( Getty )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 26, 2019, 10.21 AM (IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that G7 leaders were close to an agreement on tackle the Amazon forest fires and try to repair the devastation, reported news agency Reuters.

"There’s a real convergence to say: 'let's all agree to help those countries hit by these fires'," he was quoted as saying in Biarritz, which is hosting the annual summit of leaders of the world's major industrialised nations. 

Macron said the G7 countries comprising the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada, were finalising a possible deal on "technical and financial help".

Describing the fire as "an international crisis", the French president kicked off discussions about the disaster at a welcome dinner for fellow leaders on Saturday.

An EU official, who declined to be named, was quoted as saying that 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.

"It was the easiest part of the talks," the official above quoted said.

A record number of fires are ravaging the rainforest, many of them in Brazil, drawing international concern because of the Amazon's importance to the global environment.

Macron last week accused Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government of not doing enough to protect the area and of lying about its environmental commitments.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Macron said the G7 countries comprising the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada, were finalising a possible deal on "technical and financial help".