June 21, 2021

Piñera awaits the visit of Bolsonaro to address Mercosur-Pacific Alliance

Piñera awaits the visit of Bolsonaro to address Mercosur-Pacific Alliance

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, affirmed today that he intends to talk about the rapprochement between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance in the visit that he hopes that the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will realize his country in the short term.

"We are going to talk about how to bring together the world of Mercosur with the Pacific Alliance, to regain greater unity within Latin America," Piñera told reporters during the gala reception that Bolsonaro offered to the authorities who attended his meeting. investiture this Tuesday.

Brazil is part of Mercosur along with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, while Chile is a partner of Colombia, Peru and Mexico in the Pacific Alliance. Both blocs have had incipient conversations about an approach but until now no negotiation in that sense has begun.

The Chilean president recalled that Bolsonaro said that his first international trip once in power would be to Chile and that he hopes to mark a date in the shortest time.

"He is going to visit Chile very soon and it is very important that it be so because with Brazil we have big projects and we want to do it soon," said Piñera, one of the ten heads of State or Government who attended the investiture of the leader of the far right Brazilian.

In addition to the rapprochement between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, Piñera said he hopes to take advantage of Bolsonaro's visit to Chile to discuss an agreement on cybersecurity and another on cooperation in biofuels, an area in which Brazil has important technology as one of the world's largest producers of ethanol and biodiesel.

Piñera added that he took advantage of Bolsonaro's investiture to have bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and with the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza.

On his conversation with Netanyahu, he explained that Chile is interested in a cooperation agreement that allows it to take advantage of the technology already developed by Israel in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and, mainly, use of water resources.


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