Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 06:23 UTC

Paraguayan Senate accepts Venezuela as full member of Mercosur; praise from Brazil

“This will help strengthen Mercosur” said Eduardo dos Santos from Brazil's foreign ministry and a former ambassador in Asunción

The Paraguayan Senate finally passed on Tuesday afternoon, with a large majority a protocol for including Venezuela as full member of Mercosur. The protocol, which was submitted to Congress by President Horacio Cartes, was supported 29-10.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013 - 20:27 UTC

EU/US/UK ambassadors openly support Paraguayan prosecutors investigating corruption and abuse in Congress

Senator Bogado at the heart of a corruption case discovered in Congress but saved by his peers

The United States, European Union and UK ambassadors in Asuncion openly expressed their support for Paraguay prosecutors that have been threatened by members of Congress because they insist in investigating lawmakers that are allegedly involved in corruption cases.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013 - 19:35 UTC

Brazilian leading daily calls for a review of Mercosur, which 'is not working'

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez is achieving the feat of impeding the development of its Mercosur partners

Brazil's influential daily O'Globo called for a drastic change in the country's approach to trade policy arguing that “without a review, Mercosur does not work” and reveals that the latest signals from Argentina are that it is reluctant to reach a free trade and cooperation agreement in the framework of Mercosur with the European Union.

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 - 06:49 UTC

Paraguay normalizes relations with Venezuela and Brazil; Bolivia next

President Cartes at the ceremony in Government House with Enrique Jara, named ambassador in Venezuela

The new Paraguayan government of President Horacio Cartes is rapidly formalizing relations with its Mercosur partners. On Tuesday the ambassador that will represent the country in Venezuela, Enrique Jara took the oath of office, which in fact means full normalization of relations with the country ruled by Nicolas Maduro.The ceremony at Government House in Asunción was headed by President Cartes and cabinet members.

Friday, November 8th 2013 - 05:38 UTC

OIE restores Paraguay free of FMD with vaccination status

Agriculture minister Gattini: great news for Paraguay and the beef industry

The World Organization for Animal Health, OIE restored Paraguay with the status of free of foot and mouth disease, FMD, with vaccination, a condition it had lost back in September 2011. The news was confirmed in Asunción by Paraguay's Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Jorge Gattini

Tuesday, November 5th 2013 - 07:47 UTC

Paraguayan president will not attend Mercosur summit in Caracas

Minister Loizaga said the Paraguayan congress vote is pending and Maduro so far has not invited Cartes

Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes will not be participating in the Mercosur summit scheduled to be held next month in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, which currently holds the rotating chair of the bloc, according to Paraguay foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.

Sunday, November 3rd 2013 - 01:12 UTC

Former Paraguayan president ambassador in Argentina to improve 'Mercosur links'

Nicanor Duarte has the difficult challenge or restoring everyday contacts with the government of President Cristina Fernandez

Former Paraguayan president Nicanor Duarte Frutos is scheduled to arrive this week in Buenos Aires where he will be taking the post of ambassador in Argentina one of the most politically important for the land-locked country.

Friday, November 1st 2013 - 21:17 UTC

Paraguayan congress should vote Venezuela's incorporation to Mercosur before December summit

Minister Loizaga said he was working with his Mercosur peers on the incorporation process

Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga revealed that the Paraguayan congress must first approve Venezuela's protocol of incorporation to Mercosur before the country can attend the coming bloc's summit scheduled for next 17 December in Caracas.

Wednesday, October 30th 2013 - 21:26 UTC

Cartes and Rousseff confirm Mercosur with inauguration of 500 KW power plant and transmission line

Rousseff said Paraguay is and continues to be a strategic ally of Brazil

Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes and his peer from Brazil Dilma Rousseff inaugurated on Tuesday a 500KW power plant and line from the Itaipú hydroelectric dam to the city of Asunción which should help end endemic blackouts and supply a new industrial park.

Wednesday, October 30th 2013 - 07:22 UTC

In a further step to normalize relations Paraguay names new ambassador to Venezuela

Enrique Jara will represent Paraguay in Caracas

Paraguay has named veteran diplomat Enrique Jara as new ambassador in Venezuela, giving a further step towards the full normalization of relations that had been interrupted since July 2012 when the two countries expelled their respective accredited staff.


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