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Montevideo, December 9th 2016 - 13:25 UTC

Argentina not planning a trade deal with the US, “it's a joint task for Mercosur”

Monday, March 14th 2016 - 23:36 UTC
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“Mercosur as such could advance on this kind of trade deal, and we're talking about it but the reading of the talks is so say the least, hasty”, said Malcorra “Mercosur as such could advance on this kind of trade deal, and we're talking about it but the reading of the talks is so say the least, hasty”, said Malcorra
As to the coming visit of Obama to Argentina (23/24 March), Malcorra considered that “this means there is a priority look on” Argentina and opens opportunities As to the coming visit of Obama to Argentina (23/24 March), Malcorra considered that “this means there is a priority look on” Argentina and opens opportunities
Macri will be requesting Obama to declassify documents from the Argentine dictatorship period, 1976/1983  Macri will be requesting Obama to declassify documents from the Argentine dictatorship period, 1976/1983

It would be 'hasty' to consider that Argentina is ready to sign a trade agreement with the United States, but in any case the issue must be addressed by Mercosur, and it's the whole group that should advance in that direction, said Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra.

 “We are working to open all possible channels for Argentina to access the world, but an agreement takes time and a long preparation period. It's definitively too hasty” said Malcorra when asked if Argentina had plans to sign a trade deal with the US, taking advantage of the coming visit of President Obama and the fact that Argentina has a more open foreign policy.

Furthermore, “any of these decisions must reach a consensus inside Mercosur, as we are doing now with the European Union”, and to think that Argentina “can address this kind of trade deals on its own would be to deny the existence of Mercosur”.

“Mercosur as such could advance on this kind of trade deal, and we're talking about it but the reading of the talks is so say the least, hasty”, said the Argentine minister.

As to the coming visit of Obama to Argentina (23/24 March), Malcorra considered that “this means there is a priority look on” Argentina and opens “an opportunity to address joint tasks in areas such as fighting drugs traffic and a multilateral agenda and of world affairs”, as well in the fields of education, science and technology.

Malcorra added that there is a strong possibility of implementing “exchange of students since Argentina, at university level, is quite below the rest of countries” as well as implementing a program to train educators in the United States.

The minister also confirmed that Argentina president Mauricio Macri would request president Obama to declassify all documents and messages referred to Argentina's military dictatorship (1976/1983) which should help reveal many of the abuses and human rights violations committed during those years.

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  • Skip

    Don't expect Mercosur to move fast on these matters. Indeed, the straightjacket of Mercosur is in stark contrast to the Pacific Alliance.

    3 of the 4 Pacific Alliance members are in the Trans Pacific Partnership so the US is only part of the free trade these guys are aiming at.

    Mar 15th, 2016 - 02:07 am 0
  • Stevie

    When it comes to the US and Europe, we drag it as far as we can.

    Normal.

    Mar 15th, 2016 - 03:34 pm 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @2 Stevie “SUPA TUPA”

    Who is “we”?

    You sound like Nostrils, Brassiero, and Vestige.

    LOL

    Mar 15th, 2016 - 06:28 pm 0
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