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Macri: Meeting in Brazil a leap forward for Mercosur

The Argentine president envisages new possibilities for the bloc

Published in 16/01/2019 - 19:42

By Paula Laboissière Brasília

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said today (Jan. 16) that the visit of his entourage to Brazil marks the beginning of a leap forward for Mercosur—a bloc that also encompasses Paraguay, and Uruguray (Venezuela has been temporarily suspended).

“It’s a leap forward in the confidence and the ties that were already good, so they can be even better for Brazil and Argentina,” he said.

While making a toast at a lunch hosted by the Brazilian government at its Foreign Ministry, Macri mentioned that multilateral relations within Mercosur started “erroneously,” which led to a delay in the region. “We were protecting growth, but that didn’t work. What happened was the opposite: our countries lagged behind.”

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Valéria Aguiar / Augusto Queiroz

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