Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Paraguay Sunday afternoon to meet with President Mario Abdo Benítez and visit the local Japanese community. After a stopover in Uruguay, Abe, who became the first Japanese prime minister ever to visit Paraguay, was welcomed at the Silvio Pettirossi international airport by Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni.
Uruguay's President Tabaré Vázquez met Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Montevideo. During the encounter, both leaders signed an agreement which opened Japan's market to beef exports from the South American country after 20 years.
The presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Mario Abdo Benítez, of Paraguay, Sunday agreed in Asunción to join efforts against terrorism and transnational crime as well as to further commercial and business alliances between their two countries.
She was the last to arrive, but together with French president Emmanuel Macron one of the most popular leaders during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Her official aircraft had to turn back because of communications problems so German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a commercial flight from Madrid directly to Buenos Aires, a day late for the inauguration but not for the other activities including a couple of outings in the Argentine capital.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved two financing packages worth a total of US$ 130 million in support of a program to modernize the Argentine-Uruguayan bi-national hydroelectric power plant in Salto Grande and a program to boost the competitiveness of the productive and tourism sectors of that region, made up of the departments of Concordia and Federacion in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos and Salto department in Uruguay.
A court in Marseille fined an American master mariner US$ 110,000 for using fuel with a sulfur content measuring 0.18 percentage points above a disputed limit. It is the first ruling of its kind in France, and it is contrary to the French government's previous stance on sulfur content rules for cruise ships.
Brazil's incoming far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took a swipe at the government's environmental monitoring agencies, warning he would not allow them to impose “fines all over the place.”
China's president on Sunday signed new trade deals with Argentina as the Asian giant expands its growing role in Latin American economies. Presidents Mauricio Macri of Argentina and Xi Jinping of China announced the more than 30 agriculture and investment deals during a state visit following the Group of 20 summit of leaders in Buenos Aires.
In a joint declaration, the leaders of G20 nations on Saturday agreed to build consensus for fair and sustainable development through an agenda that is “people-centered, inclusive and forward-looking”.
A far-right party has won seats in a Spanish regional election for the first time since the country's military dictatorship ended in 1975. The Vox party took 12 parliamentary seats in Andalusia on Sunday, beating expectations that it would win five.