Lula calls on France’s Macron to attend summit of Amazon nations By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a information convention, in Montevideo, Uruguay, January 25, 2023. REUTERS/Mariana Greif


(Reuters) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday urged his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to have France attend the summit of the Amazon (NASDAQ:) nations that he goals to host in coming months.

Lula, who was elected for a 3rd time period final October vowing to deal with deforestation within the rainforest, mentioned in a cellphone name with Macron efforts to fight the risk posed by local weather change, in line with an announcement from his workplace.

He talked concerning the significance of France attending a summit of the nations of the Amazon forest that Brazil plans to host within the subsequent few month, as it’s the solely European nation to share the biome, via its abroad territory of French Guiana.

In addition to Brazil and French Guiana, seven different nations have territory on this planet’s largest rainforest.

Macron has in the meantime requested Brazil to attend its personal “One Forest Summit” that France and Gabon will host in early March, in line with the Brazilian assertion.

Lula received a slim election final 12 months promising an overhaul in Brazil’s local weather coverage, after deforestation within the Amazon reached its highest ranges in 15 years below then far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who undermined environmental regulation enforcement and pushed for extra mining and farming within the area.

Bolsonaro had a strained relationship with Macron, after the French president denounced in 2019 surging fires within the Amazon. Bolsonaro responded by insulting Macron’s spouse and accusing him of disrespecting Brazilian sovereignty.

In a while Thursday, Macron mentioned after talking with Lula that he had reaffirmed his willpower to take motion “for the local weather, biodiversity, our forests and towards starvation.”

“We’ll meet these challenges,” he mentioned.

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