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Argentina and Brazil seal close working relationship

Staff writer |
Argentina and the new interim government of Brazil sealed this their close relationship when foreign minister Jose Serra in a brief visit to Buenos Aires, his first overseas trip, met privately with President Mauricio Macri.

The Brazilian official signed a memorandum of understanding for a bilateral mechanism of political coordination with his peer Susana Malcorra.

“The mechanism will have as main objectives the exchange of a bilateral, regional and global agenda with the purpose of coordinating positions, and the follow up of strategic bilateral integration projects, particularly in the fields of science, technology and innovation, defense, air industry, energy, trade, as well as all those areas which the governments might consider a priority”, explained Malcorra in reference to the 12-point MoU.

Attending the signing ceremony was Argentine finance minister Alfonso Prat-Gay, the Argentine ambassador in Brazil, Carlos Alfredo Magariños and were later joined by the acting president of the Senate, Federico Pinedo.

Malcorra made it a point to underline the commitment of the two countries to integration and the role Mercosur plays, and anticipated a common agenda inside the block and to advance joint negotiations with third countries, and groups of countries.

“We need to improve Mercosur and incorporate new disciplines in line with the more modern integration processes, effectively advancing relevant issues of the agendas giving greater dynamism to foreign relations, both in the region and outer region, particularly in the context of current negotiations with the European Union and other processes on course”, indicated the Argentine official.

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