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President Donald Trump was noticeably absent at key stages during the G7 meeting held in Biarritz, France over the weekend. The president didn't attend several meetings on issues like the environment and climate change, which administration officials referred to as "niche issues". A pledge of US$20 million was made to Brazil to help fight the fires in the Amazon rainforest but Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the offer as "colonial" and then later offered possible terms for its acceptance.
French President Emmanuel Macron invited Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to hold talks on the sidelines of the G7 in a possible effort to salvage the nuclear deal. President Trump said he would "certainly agree" to meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, and suggested offering short-term loans to help the country with its current economic difficulties. However, on Tuesday, the Iranian president said that his country had no intention to talk to the United States unless all sanctions were lifted.