Argentina is again putting pressure on Uruguay, this time on the incoming government which takes office next March first, insisting no UK military aircraft linked to the Falkland Islands be allowed to land in the country's airports and Falklands should not be treated as state with which Uruguay has extensive trade and business exchanges.
Mercosur health ministers will be holding an urgent meeting this week in Paraguay to address the spread of dengue, the outbreak of measles and the possible arrival of the China coronavirus to the region.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he wants a good relationship with Argentina and it is up to the foreign ministers of both countries to agree on a meeting with his peer Alberto Fernandez, since the announced summit scheduled for March first in Montevideo, had fallen through.
Uruguay's new Senators and Deputies which emerged from the general election results of last October were sworn in on Saturday during a ceremony held at the Legislative Palace. The ceremony not only confirmed 99 members of the Lower House and 30 Senators but also marked the opening of ordinary sessions of the XLIX legislative period.
This Tuesday the incoming Uruguayan foreign minister Ernesto Talvi will be in Buenos Aires on an invitation from his future peer Felipe Solá, which has been interpreted as the first formal contact between the Kirchnerite government of Alberto Fernandez and that of president-elect Luis Lacalle Pou, who takes office on March first.
Argentine president Alberto Fernández said he was not sure to attend the inauguration of Uruguayan president Luis Lacalle Pou, next March first, when he was expected to meet his Brazilian peer Jair Bolsonaro. Anyhow Fernandez insisted he was most willing to have an interview with Bolsonaro whenever possible.
Pope Francis has chosen as his new private secretary the Rev. Gonzalo Aemilius, a 40-year-old Uruguayan priest who worked with street children and drug addicts, whom he has known for many years, the Vatican announced.
Chinese beef importers are seeking to renegotiate prices previously agreed when they closed deals to buy dozens of shipments from Brazil and Uruguay because values are too high, according to a report in the online edition of local newspapers on Monday.
Uruguayan ex-president Jose Mujica is well known for his eclectic statements, expressed in the most coarse language, and in these austral summer days, with much sun and hard-drinking, was again at it, this time mocking the Argentines and his Kirchner friends which he openly supported in the recent election that meant the return of the Ks' populism.
The surfer “Pepe” Gomez slid this week what may be the biggest wave ever surfed by an Uruguayan. He did it in Nazaré, Portugal, where a submarine valley creates the necessary conditions to break a worldwide known wave that reach up to 35 meters high.