"Argentina's Relationship with Brazil Will Continue Despite Ideological Differences", says Argentine President

Vice President of Brazil says the two countries must help each other

Buenos Aires

In his inaugural address, Argentine President Alberto Fernández said on Tuesday (10) that the country should continue to prioritize Mercosur and wants to strengthen its relationship with Brazil.

"We will strengthen Mercosur and regional integration. With Brazil, we have to build an ambitious, innovative, and creative agenda that is backed by our historical relationship and goes beyond any personal or ideological differences of those who govern at the juncture," he said.

Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez speaks to his supporters during the inauguration ceremony at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on December 10, 2019. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP) - AFP

Jair Bolsonaro sent Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão to the ceremony at the last minute. He nodded as he listened to Fernández speak.

Earlier, Mourão told reporters he was "happy to represent Brazil" in office and that "both countries have to help each other."

The Brazilian deputy arrived in Buenos Aires on Monday night (9), following a decision by Bolsonaro, and stayed at the residence of the Brazilian embassy.

The future ambassador of Argentina in Brazil, Daniel Scioli, valued the presence of Mourão in possession, saying it is a "forceful and very positive gesture for the new relationship that begins and, mainly, for bilateral trade." 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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