Norway regrets ‘awful timing’ of trade pact with South America

Norway, which is part of European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) grouping four non-EU members, on Tuesday regretted the “awful timing” of a trade pact with Mercosur, as fires rage in the Amazon.

Faced with massive criticism for his handling of the blazes in the rainforests, Brazilian President Jose Bolsonaro on Friday announced the agreement between EFTA, formed by Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and the South American grouping Mercosur, made up of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

“It was awful timing, with the Amazon ablaze,” acknowledged Prime Minister Erna Solberg in…
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