Brazil and the United States "on the same wavelength" concerning the Amazon, says a Brazilian minister


Brazil and the United States believe that the international community should not have a say in how to deal with the fires ravaging the Amazon, said Friday the Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo after a meeting with Donald Trump at the White House.

"I think we are on the same wavelength, the governments are on the same wavelength," Araujo told the White House. Namely, according to the Brazilian minister, that the two countries reject what he described as interference in the affairs of Brazil from foreign governments worried about the future of the Amazon rainforest.

Mr. Araujo was accompanied during his meeting with Mr. Trump from President Jair Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, who was expected to become Brazil's ambassador to Washington.

The minister told reporters that the interview lasted about half an hour and that he testified to the "special character" of the relationship between the two countries under Bolsonaro.

"He (Trump, ed) and President Bolsonaro, and the two governments, share the view that countries are sovereign on their territory," he said.

He also said that the importance of the Amazon rainforest as a unique factor in the regulation of climate change was exaggerated.

"We are aware of the importance of the Amazon for the world, but other forests are (important) too, and other ecosystems," he added.

He finally downplayed the importance of these fires, assuring that they were "average compared to last year".

"We are successfully extinguishing most fires," he said.

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