Brazil's Bolsonaro to skip Amazon summit he convened
September 3, 2019
Brazil's president did not say whether the meeting of Amazon nations would be postponed, but ruled out his attendance. Bolsonaro has come under international pressure over his handling of the fires and deforestation.
President Jair Bolsonaro will not attend a regional summit to address the devastating fires that have affected large swaths of the Amazon Rainforest, a government spokesman said Monday.
The far-right president cited medical reasons for the absence, saying that doctors barred him from traveling on the eve of a surgery scheduled for next week. Doctors have also said Bolsonaro would need 10 days of rest following the operation.
Brazil's president has been widely criticized by the international community for his handling of the fires, as well as for an increase in deforestation.
In response, Bolsonaro called for the regional summit, saying it was Latin American countries that shared the Amazon who should deal with the crisis.
The meeting was supposed to take place on September 6, in Leticia, Colombia. Brazil's government did not say whether the meeting could be postponed or whether a substitute for the president would attend.