Monday, August 19th 2013 - 13:17 UTC

Paraguay’s Cartes will attend Unasur summit in Suriname; ‘informal’ meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro?

President Cartes and his Venezuela peer Maduro will be attending the same event in Suriname

Paraguay’s newly inaugurated president Horacio Cartes will be attending the Unasur summit (Union of South American Nations), scheduled for the end of the month in Paramaribo, Suriname, when most probably he will ‘come across’ with his Venezuelan peer Nicolas Maduro, announced the Paraguayan foreign ministry. Paraguay and Venezuela currently have no diplomatic links.

Friday, August 16th 2013 - 02:57 UTC

Paraguay new president pledges ‘war on poverty’ and improved relations with neighbours

Cartes during his first speech as a new President surrounded by his cabinet and special guests

Conservative businessman Horacio Cartes was sworn in as president of Paraguay on Thursday, amid slowly improving relations with South American neighbors, and Mercosur members, damaged by the 2012 removal of populist President Fernando Lugo, who was impeached on incompetence.

Thursday, August 15th 2013 - 03:51 UTC

Mercosur controversy, Cartes main challenge when he takes office on Thursday

Cartes receives Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (L) at his residence Wednesday evening

Most presidents and top authorities that will attend the inauguration of Paraguayan president-elect Horacio Cartes on Thursday morning arrived in Asunción on Wednesday and most of them have already held private meetings with the future leader of the country.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 03:03 UTC

Paraguay new government will give priority to bilateral relations, later Mercosur

Eladio Loizaga: dialogue does mean flexibility on our claims of illegality” of the suspension process

The priority of the incoming Paraguayan government of president-elect Horacio Cartes who takes office on Thursday is to recompose bilateral relations with the region’s countries and from then on begin negotiations for the return to Mercosur, said Eladio Loizaga a veteran diplomat who on Tuesday was confirmed as future Foreign affairs minister.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 02:35 UTC

Ecuador regrets Paraguay did not invite President Maduro to Cartes inauguration

Patiño did not advance if Ecuador would send a representative to Asuncion on Thursday

Ecuador regrets that Paraguay has not invited Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (who is also currently president of Mercosur) to the inauguration of president Horacio Cartes next Thursday, 15 August, said Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patiño,

Sunday, August 11th 2013 - 21:28 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will attend Cartes inauguration in Paraguay; problems with Mercosur protocol

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay will be attending the inauguration on Thursday

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez confirmed by writing that she would be attending the inauguration of Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes next Thursday 15 August, according the organization committee of the event in Asuncion, Ambassador Federico Gonzalez and head of Protocol at the Paraguayan foreign ministry.

Friday, August 9th 2013 - 04:23 UTC

Paraguay meat industry exports recovering and could reach 1.5bn dollars this year

Russia, Israel and Chile are the main clients for Paraguayan beef

Paraguay meat industry exports in the first seven months of the year reached 839 million dollars, which is 45% higher than the same period a year ago (577m) according to official data from the National Livestock quality and health services, Senacsa.

Sunday, August 4th 2013 - 19:58 UTC

Venezuela not invited to Paraguay-president inauguration; Rousseff confirms attendance

President of Mercosur, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, is person non grata for Paraguay

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff officially confirmed her attendance to the inauguration ceremony of Paraguayan president-elect Horacio Cartes next 15 August, according to the Transmission Committee that is coordinating the event

Friday, August 2nd 2013 - 04:10 UTC

Paraguay advancing on trade agreement with Mexico, previous to requesting Pacific Alliance membership

President Franco prepared to sign the trade agreement before August 15

Paraguay and Mexico have made significant advances in reaching a trade agreement in the framework of the Latinamerican Integration Association, ALADI, according to Paraguayan diplomatic sources.

Thursday, August 1st 2013 - 04:09 UTC

“Not even the Pope could bring Brazil and Paraguay together”, said O’Globo

Foreign minister Patriota the target of an “unprecedented defeat of Brazilian diplomacy”

Influential Latin American newspapers have been extremely critical of Brazilian diplomacy in its unsuccessful attempts to ‘subdue Paraguay’, while at the same praising the landlocked country’s dignity in demanding from Mercosur respect and compliance with the rule of the law.


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