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Cartes and Mujica will address Mercosur and port facilities in Friday's meeting in Montevideo

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 16:34 UTC
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The two leaders first met last August when Cartes inauguration The two leaders first met last August when Cartes inauguration
Paraguay is very much interested in Uruguayan port terminals  Paraguay is very much interested in Uruguayan port terminals

Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes will be visiting Uruguay next 25 October to meet with his peer Jose Mujica and a month later will be flying to the Vatican to visit Pope Francis, November 25, announced Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.

Cartes is interested in Uruguay's ports development, Nueva Palmira from where landlocked Paraguay grains and oilseeds are mostly shipped, and Mujica's announcement of a deep-water terminal to the east of Uruguay on the Atlantic coast.

“With the visit to Uruguay we complete the tour of Mercosur members. This is the second meeting with Mujica. The first was when the Uruguayan leader came to the inauguration of President Cartes”, said Loizaga.

The following Cartes trip is to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, on 25 November, added the Paraguayan minister.

“Some are complaining that Cartes is travelling too much. I want to tell them that we need to travel even more because Paraguay needs to rebuild its presence in the international stage”, underlined Loizaga.

The Paraguayan minister said he will be meeting with his Uruguayan peer Luis Almagro with whom he will address Mercosur political issues. Loizaga also announced that President Cartes will be visiting Ecuador and Venezuela.

Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur in June 2012 and was invited to return last August when Cartes inauguration, but Asuncion has been reluctant to a complete return unless some 'legal and legitimacy' aspects are addressed.

Although Venezuela was admitted as full member of Mercosur, for Paraguay the incorporation remains illegitimate since the Paraguayan congress must again consider the issue because originally it voted against the membership. In Mercosur such decisions must be by consensus and with all members attending.

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  • ChrisR

    Yes, there are a few of us in Uruguay wanting to know about the deep water port and why is the old commie now sucking up to Dilma for the money instead of the Chin who have had the “plans” for some time now.

    I just wonder if he is keeping the bad new for Vasquez to “announce”.

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 07:17 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Brazil has a duty to help Uruguay whenever possible and necessary. Uruguay has always been a faithful partner, responsible and friendly Brazil.

    Only three questions:
    1) How much will the port?
    2) Under what conditions will the money borrowed?
    3) This is part of the fight asymmetries of Mercosur?

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 08:40 pm 0
  • Anglotino

    1) None of Brazil's business
    2) None of Brazil's business
    3) Nothing to do with Mercosur.

    God that was easy.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 12:00 am 0
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