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22/12/2017 - 16:59hs

Mercosur-Tunisia talks move forward

Brazil’s president Michel Temer gave an overview of the work done by the South American block in 2017. He said negotiations progressed during the year, including those for an agreement with Tunisia.

São Paulo – Brazilian president Michel Temer said 2017 was marked by advances in talks for trade agreements with a number of blocs and countries, including a prospective Mercosur-Tunisia deal. “We have moved forward (...) in our talks with the European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), with India, with Tunisia,” he said in an article carried in newspaper O Globo.

Temer said his term in the Mercosur presidency was one of a “Mercosur that serves the interest of our peoples, a results-oriented Mercosur.” Temer passed on the bloc’s presidency to Paraguay president Horacio Cartes at the 51st Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur and Associated States last Thursday (21) in Brasília (DF).

In his article in O Globo Temer also mentioned Mercosur the entry into effect of the Mercosur-Egypt agreement. “In ten years’ time, virtually all trade between the parties will have been liberalized,” he said.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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