Jair Bolsonaro aims to achieve more agreements for Mercosur after the one reached with the European Union
Jair Bolsonaro aims to achieve more agreements for Mercosur after the one reached with the European Union

The president of Brazil affirmed that, after there have been talks with Japan, South Korea and the United States, the summit of the bloc that will begin this Monday in the Argentine city of Santa Fe should serve as a "celebration" of the pact with the EU but also to look to the future.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday, on the eve of the semi-annual Mercosur summit, that the regional bloc should "devise new strategies" to achieve more free trade agreements similar to the one that closed with the European Union (EU) last June.

Bolsonaro said that, after there have been talks with Japan, South Korea and the United States, the meeting that will begin this Monday in the Argentine city of Santa Fe (center) should serve as a "celebration" of the pact with the EU but also for Look To The Future.

"It will be a fantastic meeting, surely our advisors (...) will guide us on how we can make agreements similar to the European Union," said the Brazilian in an interview with the Argentine newspaper Clarín.

The president considered that the direction has to go towards "free trade" to reach alliances "with the largest number of blocks and countries in the world."

The summit to be held in Argentina will be the first after just two weeks ago, on June 27, the historic association agreement between South Americans and Europeans was closed in Brussels.

Mercosur has seen its agenda revitalized with that alliance, a breath of fresh air in the face of dissatisfaction with the meager commercial achievements of the South American bloc.

One day after meeting with its partners from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Mercosur members said that the "ideological trend" has disappeared from that organization, a circumstance.

He added that currently there is a "feeling of fraternity" among the four countries that comprise it - with Venezuela suspended since 2016 - and that the future is to seek a "Mercosur 2.0".

The head of state of the most populous country of Mercosur dropped that the creation of a common currency for the bloc, an option he put on the table in a recent official visit to Buenos Aires, will be one of the issues in question in Santa Fe.

"We can take another step in this direction," he said.

Bolsonaro spoke about the changes that community policy can undergo if the Argentine opposition wins in the presidential elections on October 27.

He analyzed that Brazil and Argentina can "have a touch" if the formula led by Alberto Fernández and seconded by former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015) expires, who he defined as "friends of Dilma, Lula, Chavez, Maduro, of Fidel Castro ".

He also criticized that Alberto Fernández wants to "revise" the agreement between Mercosur and the EU to reach power.
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