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Canada became the first observer country to enter into a strategic partnership with the Pacific Alliance. Chrystia Freeland, minister of International trade and ministers of the four countries of the alliance—Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru—signed a joint declaration today in Mexico City.
Foreign minister Susana Malcorra reiterated Argentina's call to OAS state members to continue supporting the resumption of negotiations on the Falklands/Malvinas question. A controversy which she said, involves the whole southern hemisphere.
The Organization of American States, OAS, approved on Wednesday a declaration calling on Argentina and Great Britain to resume negotiations on the Falklands/Malvinas question as soon as possible.
Argentine president Mauricio Macri said Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and defended the idea that the Atlantic regional block country members work to reach agreements with countries of the Pacific Alliance.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced high-level talks to ease tensions with Venezuela's populist government on Tuesday, just hours after he backed calls for a referendum that could force President Nicolas Maduro from office. Kerry said the talks would start immediately in Caracas and be led by Thomas Shannon, a veteran of U.S. diplomacy in the region. Attempts last year at dialogue between the ideological foes were stalled by Venezuela's deepening crisis.
One of Venezuelan top opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office. Henrique Capriles, a senior figure in the opposition MUD coalition, was in Paraguay, Argentina and planned to move on to Brazil.
This Monday evening the Organization of American States 46th General Assembly will officially open in Santo Domingo and this year's convening agenda refers to Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas. The two day gathering is also expected to focus on the Venezuela, Haiti and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission situations, and as is the norm, the Falklands-Malvinas issue will be addressed or included in the final declaration.
Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat in Peru's presidential election on Friday, bringing an end to the closest presidential runoff vote in the country's history after losing to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by less than 50,000 ballots.
Brazil and Paraguay foreign ministers Jose Serra and Eladio Loizaga expressed deep concern with the Venezuela crisis situation, particularly the economic and human rights continued deterioration, and reiterated their two countries willingness to cooperate and promote dialogue.
The World Bank has slashed its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4% from the 2.9% estimated in January, due to stubbornly low commodity prices, sluggish demand in advanced economies, weak trade and diminishing capital flows.