Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he was "ready to talk to everyone" about the Amazon but not with "this dear Macron."
He also said that Europe "has no lesson to give" in Brazil on the environment, while it has been under strong international pressure for more than a week due to fires that destroy vast areas of the largest tropical forest in the world.
A desire to "return to normality" at Merkel
Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia that he was scheduled to talk on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the day. He added that he had felt at home a desire to "return to normalcy", after rather lively exchanges when Germany suspended at the beginning of August part of its subsidies for the preservation of the Amazon. Jair Bolsonaro had in particular advised the Chancellor to "reforest Germany".
He replied to the journalist who asked him about his latest words: "she (Mrs. Merkel) does not want to have a romantic relationship with me, and you want to complicate things. It is not only Germany, but all of Europe that has no lesson to teach us about the environment. The Brazilian president added to be "ready to talk with everyone except our dear Macron, as long as he will not retract (it) not on the sovereignty of the Amazon".
"Trump said he can not make a decision without listening to us"
Jair Bolsonaro asked for three days that the French president, who had felt that the question of sovereignty over the Amazon was open, withdraws his "insults". Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon rainforest. Regarding the visit he announced Thursday evening, the head of diplomacy Ernesto Araujo and Eduardo Bolsonaro, his son deputy, at the White House, he said: "I asked his help to (Donald) Trump ".
The US president congratulated him on Tuesday, saying he was "working very hard" in the fight against fires in the Amazon, taking the complete opposite of the other members of the G7. He had expressed the "unqualified support" of the United States in Brazil.
"Trump said he can not make a decision without listening to us. Brazil is everyone's friend. I am a person of dialogue, "said the far-right president, who, however, has struggled with various countries over the Amazon and the preservation of the environment.
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