The leaders of seven leading industrial countries in the world, the G7, have decided to release 20 million dollars in emergency aid to combat natural fires in the Amazon to Brazil and its neighboring countries. This was announced on Monday after the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
The emergency aid is primarily intended to be able to deploy more fire extinguishers. The natural fires in the Amazon region were placed at the top of the agenda by French President Emmanuel Macron, after he declared them a "global emergency". Macron accused Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro last week of not doing enough environmental protection. Bolsonaro reacted furiously and denounced Macron's "colonial institution."
Other topics of discussion for the leaders of France, the US, the UK, Canada, Japan, Germany included the trade war between the US and China, the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea and the question of whether Russia should be resumed admitted to the intergovernmental forum. That country was expelled from the G8 in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea.
Possible rapprochement between China and the US
In Biarritz, the tensions surrounding the trade war between the two great powers diminished somewhat. Last Friday, both countries set new trade rates against each other, but the tone suddenly changed on Monday, after the Chinese yen reached the lowest level in 11 years against the US dollar and fears about the effects of the conflict on fueled the global economy.
US President Donald Trump announced that China made a request on the night of Sunday to Monday to reopen negotiations on a trade agreement. Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping and said the prospects were promising.
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that he was unaware of the conscious telephone conversation between the Chinese and American negotiators.
Iranian minister turns up in Biarritz
Another striking event at the summit was a visit from Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had come to Biarritz at the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron. He spent five hours in the French seaside town and had conversations with a number of heads of government along the sidelines of the meeting.
Several international media reported that Macron had not discussed the invitation with US President Donald Trump beforehand, but the latter denied that on Monday afternoon. Trump said he found it too early for a meeting between him and Zarif, but said he had no objection to his presence.
The American president went against his own national security adviser, John Bolton, by stating that he is not interested in "regime change" (overthrowing the Iranian regime, ed.) In Iran. He also said he was open to new negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. Trump withdrew his country last year from the Atomic Agreement that was concluded with Iran in 2015.
Major agreements were not achieved at the G7 summit. That was also not in line with expectations. No joint final statement was drawn up this year because Trump refused to sign it last year.
See also: Trump: China wants to go back to the negotiating table