Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva said Wednesday in Montevideo that he agreed to open up Mercosur and pursue a free trade agreement (FTA) with China.
Argentina's Defense Minister Jorge Taiana undertook negotiations earlier this week with Brazil for the purchase of 156 Iveco Guarani 6x6 armored vehicles, it was reported. South America's largest country already has 500 units of the same model.
A forest fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday in the Uruguayan beach resort of Piriápolis, in the department of Maldonado. Firefighters were swiftly deployed to the Cerro del Toro area to keep the flames from reaching Cerro Pan de Azúcar.
Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is to be operated on again when he returns to his country from the United States due to new complications from the stabbing he received in the city of Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais, during the 2018 campaign, it was reported Wednesday.
Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou Tuesday warned against the “ideological temptation in international forums.” During his speech at the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in Buenos Aires, he explained that when ideologies change “the forums fade away.”
Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font Tuesday called for free elections in Venezuela and said he was willing to sponsor dialogue between the administration of President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition. He also said he hoped Venezuela would soon once again participate in multilateral forums.
Upon closing the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Alberto Fernández Tuesday handed over the pro tempore presidency of the forum to the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Everard Gonsalves, who is notorious for his closeness to the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and also Nicaragua.
Construction is underway on the second Type 31 frigate being built for the Royal Navy. The first steel has been cut on HMS Active at the Babcock shipyard in Fife, by Defense Minister Alex Chalk.
A huge iceberg, some 1550 km², almost the size of Greater London, has broken off the 150m thick Brunt Ice Shelf. It calved after cracks that have been developing naturally over the last few years extended across the entire ice shelf, causing the new iceberg to break free. This occurred on Sunday 22 January between 19.00 and 20.00 UTC during a spring tide.
Brazilian Minister of Ports and Airports, Márcio França, anticipated that the federal government may help fund the construction of a tunnel between Santos and Guarujá, a project that should cost around some three billion Reais equivalent to some US$ 500 million.