August 26, 2019 / 2:12 PM / a month ago

Brazil's environment minister says G7 aid for Amazon welcome

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles looks on during a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles told reporters in São Paulo on Monday that financial aid to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest from the group of G7 nations is welcome.

Speaking at an event hosted by Brazil’s real estate group Secovi, Salles said that “a series of irrational and demagogic public policies” from previous governments were to blame for the forest fires.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Writing by Ana Mano

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