Argentine and Uruguayan presidents meet in Buenos Aires to discuss Mercosur issues
Argentine President Alberto Fernández will welcome his Uruguayan colleague Luis Lacalle Pou to Olivos’ residence on Friday, during which the two heads of state are expected to discuss Mercosur issues and other matters concerning bilateral relations.
Fernández and Lacalle met in Colonia, Uruguay on November 19, 2020 and Friday’s meeting would be a sequel. According to the Argentine government, this will be a ?? meeting of friends ?? to talk about a very broad common agenda.
Foreign Ministers Felipe Solá (Argentina) and Francisco Bustillo will also be present at the rally. They had been with Fernández on July 28 in Lima for the inauguration of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo.
Olivos’ meeting is expected to ease tensions between the two presidents following the July 8 virtual Mercosur summit in which Lacalle Pou demanded that Fernández and the bloc allow individual negotiations between countries to develop their economies through of unilateral trade agreements with other nations or blocs so that Mercosur does not become a “burden”, to which Fernández replied that “we are no one’s burden.
Casa Rosada sources quoted by Argentinian media on Thursday said that “the expectations for this meeting are the best” because “when people see each other face to face it is always better to agree” while and on social media it was “easier to fight.”
?? With Uruguay, there is a very broad agenda, ranging from Mercosur and bilateral trade, to the issue of the joint administration of the rivers (Uruguay and Paraná), the theme of tourism, the management of the pandemic of coronavirus and vaccines are the most important topics of conversations internationally, ”the sources added.
The two leaders are also expected to address the exodus of Argentines seeking a better life across the Plate River in addition to the many Uruguayans already living in Argentina. These people as well as tourists need the borders to reopen as soon as possible.
This will be Lacalle Pou’s first trip to Buenos Aires as President of Uruguay.