US Questions Brazil about Funding Cuts to Environment

Special envoy for Biden's climate showed concern at meeting with ministers Ricardo Salles and Carlos França

Washington and Brasília

The American government questioned Brazil about cutting resources for the Environment, which President Jair Bolsonaro approved the day after his speech at the Summit of Leaders on Climate.

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, looks up at a video screen while participating in a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner - REUTERS

During a meeting with ministers Ricardo Salles (Environment) and Carlos França (Foreign Affairs), on Friday (30), the special envoy for Biden's climate team, John Kerry, expressed concern about the cut of funds approved by the Brazilian leader and wanted to know what had happened.

According to reports from the meeting, the Brazilians argued that the cash flow was inevitable because the summit took place on the eve of the approval of the 2021 Budget. So, they told the Americans, there was no time to avoid it. Salles and France, however, argued that a budget rebuilding by the Ministry of the Environment should take place soon.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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