‘G7 Summit Should Address Crisis at the Amazon’

(TELESUR) – The wildfires at Amazon rainforest are an “acute emergency” that should be discussed during the Group of Seven (G7) summit which will be held in Biarritz, Steffen Seibert, the spokesperson of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in support of the French President Emmanuel Macron’s request to this end.

“The Chancellor is convinced that the issue should be on the agenda of the G7 countries when they meet this weekend,” Seibert said in Berlin.

“The scale of fires in the Amazon is alarming and dangerous not only for Brazil and the other countries directly affected but for the whole world, because the Amazon rainforest is of such paramount importance for our global climate system and for global biodiversity. It is no exaggeration to say it is the world’s green lung,” the German official added.

Previously, Macron said that Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro had lied about the environmental commitments made by his administration. As a result, the French president decided to withdraw his support for the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur.

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