Brazil, Paraguay to build two bridges connecting the countries

The announcement was made by President Temer

Published in 23/10/2018 - 08:24 By Marcelo Brandão - Brasília

President Michel Temer said that Brazil and Paraguay will follow through with the construction of two bridges connecting the two countries. One of them should link the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu with the Paraguayan Puerto Presidente Franco, the other Porto Murtinho, Mato Grosso state, with Carmelo Peralta, in Paraguay.

The statement was made by the Brazilian Temer on his Twitter account after talks with Paraguayan leader Mario Abdo Benítez. “I recently talked to President Mario Abdo over the phone. We discussed a central topic on the Brazil–Paraguay agenda: physical integration. We have to advance the construction of two new bridges. They are important projects for the conveyance of Brazilian agricultural goods to those living in the border area.”

Ponte da Amizade, Paraguai, Brasil
The only brigde between the two countries was built over Paraná river and connects Foz do Iguaçu and Paraguay's Ciudad del Este.Denit

Benítez also wrote a message on Twitter. “During a talk with the president of Brazil, we decided to finally implement the construction of new international bridges. This will mean that our products will be given easier access to Brazil, as well as increased trade—so better days for our people!”

The two countries had talked about these measures earlier. During a September visit to Brazil, Paraguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni said he expects the two projects to materialize in the next five years.

“It’s been 53 years since the last bridge connecting Paraguay and Brazil was built. We want our governments to be willing to build the two new international bridges in less than five years,” Castiglioni said at the time.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Fábio Massalli / Augusto Queiroz

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