Brazil president to skip Amazon summit, citing doctor’s orders

Shoaib Ur Rehman September 3, 2019

BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will skip a regional summit on fires that have devastated swaths of the Amazon because doctors want him to get ready for surgery scheduled for next week, a spokesman said.

Bolsonaro has to go on a liquid diet starting Friday, the same day as the summit in Colombia, and this makes the trip unfeasible, said spokesman Otavio Rego Barros.

Brazil is considering sending a substitute or even asking that the meeting be postponed, said the spokesman.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2019

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