Chile is ready to act as a 'bridge' between Mercosur and the Alliance of the Pacific so that Latin American can have a greater presence in the world state, said Chilean Deputy foreign minister Edgardo Riveros during a conference in Sao Paulo at the Lula da Silva think-tank.
We want to act as a bridge between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur. It is false the vision that both South American coasts are turning their backs on each other, pointed out Riveros at the Chile-Brazil conference.
Chile is an associate member of Mercosur whose full members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, while the alliance is made up of Colombia, Peru and Mexico besides Chile.
In his speech Riveros admitted the 'leadership' of Brazil in the region and defended Latin American integration which he said means having a converging vision so we can be stronger at global level.
We are seeing that the Asian and African blocks are sharing and have powerful positions, added Riveros who praised the different integration mechanisms of the region such as Unasur, Celac, Alliance of the Pacific and Mercosur.
On his side Marco Aurelio García head of foreign policy advisors to president Dilma Rousseff indicated that the region has advanced significantly in the last decades, although with differences, in the combat or inequality and exclusion.
As to the region's integration Garcia said that since the beginning of the XXI century, for Brazil relations are not only limited to trade affairs.
Our regional relations are no longer founded on tariff issues. From some sectors there is a kind of ideological celebration regarding free trade at a moment in which free trade does not have the significance which they attribute it has.
García recalled that Brazil/Chile relations go long back in history, when the launching in 1915 of the so called ABC, or Argentina, Brazil, Chile pact.
That was again repeated when Getulio Vargas ruled Brazil; Juan Domingo Perón in Argentina and Carlos Ibañez in Chile he said.
The Brazil/Chile conference was organized by the think-tank from former president Lula da Silva with the support from the Social Sciences Latin American Faculty, Flacso and the University for Latin American Integration, Unila.