G7 leaders near deal to provide $20 million to tackle Amazon fires


Firefighters extinguish a fire in Amazon jungle in Porto Velho, Brazil August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – The leaders of the group of seven nations are close to agreeing a deal to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, a French presidential source said.

“The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing … because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” the source said, confirming the $20 million figure.

Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by John Irsh

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