Mercosur summit scheduled for Asunción on July 21 — MercoPress

Mercosur summit scheduled for Asunción on July 21

Monday, June 13, 2022 – 23:56 UTC

Paraguay holds the presidency pro tempore of Mercosur and will therefore host the Summit.

Mercosur foreign ministers agreed on Monday to hold the group’s next summit in Asunción on July 21. This will be the first face-to-face meeting of the four regional leaders since all previous meetings involving the current four leaders have all been held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were also due to meet at last week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, but Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou had to cancel his trip at the last minute after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero discussed the agenda with his Brazilian and Paraguayan colleagues -Carlos França and Julio César Arriola-, said a statement from the San Martín Palace.

Besides the integration program, the four presidents will review the bloc’s external relations and negotiation scenarios and their immediate prospects, the statement added.

“In Mercosur, our strength lies in unity and solidarity; if we add to this the incitement to trade and the conclusion of outstanding trade agreements, we will take accelerated steps towards the long-awaited economic development,” Arriola said on Twitter.

Paraguay holds the presidency pro tempore of Mercosur.

“We will continue to work from Mercosur in search of integration to improve the lives of our peoples. More than ever, we need a strong and united bloc, in order to reinforce an agenda of sustainable development with social justice,” Cafiero stressed in the Argentinian press release.

The foreign ministers also exchanged views on the assessment of the economy and international trade in light of the conflict in Ukraine and the impact on Latin America, the statement added.

In recent times, Uruguay has favored the modernization of Mercosur to make it more flexible, a view supported by Brazil. The two countries are eager to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with third parties without needing the green light from other Mercosur members.

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