President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said this Wednesday, in a speech in Montevideo together with the president of Uruguay, Luís Alberto Lacalle Pou, that Mercosur will start discussions with China with a view to signing a trade agreement as soon as negotiations they will be concluded. the European Union by treaty.
Lula said he believed an agreement between Mercosur and China was possible.
“I said to President Lacalle and my ministers: we will intensify the discussions and we will sign this agreement with the European Union so that we can then discuss a possible agreement between China and Mercosur, and I think it is possible,” he said.
One of the objectives of Lula’s trip was to negotiate with the president of Uruguay to preserve Mercosur, threatened by the Uruguayan decision to negotiate free trade agreements in absentia of the bloc, especially with China.
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