Presidents of Mercosur open summit

Presidents of Mercosur open summit
Presidents of Mercosur open summit

Assumption.- The presidents of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), the mechanism that brings together Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, began their semi-annual meeting yesterday in Asunción, with the debut of the Andean country as a member of the bloc and the participation of Panama as a special guest.

“This summit offers us an opportunity to bring Mercosur even closer to our people,” said Paraguayan President Santiago Peña in his opening speech at the meeting in which the Paraguayan government will hand over the rotating presidency of Mercosur to Uruguay.

In this context, Peña called for leaving words behind “and moving decisively to action,” while advocating for a democracy “with content” and “results.” The 64th summit of heads of state of Mercosur and associated states will also be attended by the presidents of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; and of Bolivia, Luis Arce.

The meeting in the Paraguayan capital has become Bolivia’s debut as a member of the bloc, after Arce approved the protocol for accession to the mechanism last week, although it still has up to four years to adapt its legislation to that of Mercosur. Peña celebrated this step “for the union between brothers.”

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