The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, Ambassador Jorge Faurie, will visit Brasília on July 14. On the occasion, he will be hosted by President Michel Temer and hold a working meeting with Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. The visit of Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie's, only a month after he took office as Minister of Foreign Affairs, demonstrates the priority attributed to the bilateral strategic alliance by the two countries.
During the working meeting, the two Foreign Ministers will address the implementation process of the Brazil-Argentina Action Plan, agreed to by the Presidents of Brazil and Argentina on the occasion of the state visit of President Maurício Macri to Brasília in February. The Plan covers issues including trade, standardization of norms, border integration, and consular cooperation. The meeting will also cover the issue of border security and follow-up measures taken after the Southern Cone Ministerial Meeting on Border Security, held in Brasilia last November.
The two Ministers will also coordinate their participation in the next Mercosur Summit, to be held on July 21 in Mendoza, Argentina, in which Brazil will take over the pro tempore presidency of the bloc. The good political balance between the two governments has contributed to give new impetus to the efforts of revitalizing Mercosur, by eliminating barriers to intra-bloc trade and advancing with external negotiations, in particular with the European Union.
It is in this context that the two foreign ministers will discuss the next steps in the regional integration process and the common priorities in the field of global economic and trade governance, considering the next WTO ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires in December and the Argentine presidency of the G20 in 2018.
Argentina is the third destination of Brazilian exports, and Brazil is the main market for Argentine exports. Bilateral trade, which totaled more than US$ 22 billion in 2016, increased almost 20% in the first five months of 2017 in relation to the same period last year.