“What we want from and with Argentina is Mercosur, a good relation, but having democracy and freedom above all”, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday. He expects foreign ministers of both countries agree on a new date for a meeting with his peer Alberto Fernández after the suggested summit in Montevideo on March 1 fell through due to the Argentina Congress opening sessions on the same day.
The presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and Argentina, Alberto Fernández might hold their first meeting on March 1 in Montevideo, when they attend the inauguration ceremony of new Uruguay president, Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou. Bolsonaro made the suggestion of the place and date when he received in Brasilia on Wednesday, the Argentine Foreign Minister, Felipe Solá, the first sign of reducing tensions between both heads of State, of opposing ideologies
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday hosts Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Solá, who will also meet his counterpart Ernesto Araújo. They will discuss bilateral trade, the Mercosur customs union and Venezuela, according to official sources in Brasilia. Relations between the two key trade partners worsened late last year as Bolsonaro’s far-right administration clashed with Alberto Fernandez’s left-leaning government.
The trade deficit with the United States fell 22.5% in 2019 (from $ 5.314 billion in 2018 to $ 3.589 billion), because Argentina imported almost $ 1.9 billion less, according to official data from Washington. The fall of the bilateral deficit with China reached 70% ($ 2.2 billion against $ 7.6 billion in 2018), according to the Argentine Chamber of Exporters. In December, 32.7% of Argentine exports went to China, Brazil and the US, while 52.3% of imports came from those three countries, according to Indec.
Argentina bilateral trade with Brazil registered a negative balance of $20 million in January, according to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil. Argentine exports totalled $ 662 million (-16.5% year-on-year), while imports $ 680 million (-0.3%). In January 2019, Argentina had registered a surplus of $120 million
The president of the state oil company YPF, Guillermo Nielsen, raised the possibility of connecting Argentina's gas pipeline network with that of southern Brazil, during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The project "would help Argentina deal with a debt that is the largest of the last 30 years," he said. Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes welcomed the suggestion by saying that "we are going to try to connect with Vaca Muerta".
The United States will present today in Paris its support for Brazil to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), relegating a position that Argentina expected, Washington sources confirmed to the newspaper La Nación. In October, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had sent a letter to the OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria, in which he suggested Argentina and Romania as candidates.