Ama­zon coun­tries sign pact to pro­tect rain­for­est

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Leti­cia: Lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ama­zon coun­tries signed a pact on Fri­day to pro­tect the the world’s largest trop­i­cal rain­for­est. The “Leti­cia Ama­zon Pact” came as rag­ing fires have burned thou­sands of hectares of the for­est.

The pres­i­dents of Colom­bia, Bo­livia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as Suri­name’s vice pres­i­dent and Guyana’s nat­u­ral resource min­is­ter at­tended the sum­mit dur­ing which the pact was signed.

Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro par­tic­i­pated by video link, while his for­eign min­is­ter at­tended in per­son.

The Ama­zon is be­ing shrouded in plumes of smoke as fires rage across parts of the large for­est.

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