Chile will send four water bombers to fight the fires affecting the Brazilian Amazon with funding promised by the G7 countries, announced Friday President Sebastián Piñera.
The Chilean head of state, who became coordinator of the G7's assistance to fires in the Amazon after attending as a guest at the meeting of the seven most industrialized countries in France, said he had already made contact with the governments of the country. Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia "to know their needs and coordinate this help".
"Chile is already helping with an AT8, Air Truck 8, capable of dropping 3000 liters per flight," this week sent to Paraguay, Pinera told reporters. Paraguay, where the Amazon rainforest does not extend, has recently been affected by fires.
"Soon we will send four similar planes to Brazil. We also offered our help to Bolivia, "he added.
"We will do all this with funding from the G7 countries", namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and Canada, "without neglecting our own needs in terms of firefighting, "Piñera said.
The Chilean president, who returned to South America on Wednesday, met Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro the same day in Brasilia, while Brazil has been under intense international pressure for his management of fires in the Amazon for a week.
Bolsonaro accused Germany and France of trying to "buy" Brazil's sovereignty. For three days, he asked that the French president Emmanuel Macron, who had felt that the issue of sovereignty over the Amazon was open, withdraws his "insults".
He did not accept $ 20 million of G7 aid for the Amazon, requiring Macron's retraction as a prerequisite for any discussion.