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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A large part of the diplomatic community was taken by surprise on Saturday, April 25th, by news of Ambassador Sérgio Danese's exit from the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires, regarded as the second most important position after Washington DC in the United States.

The move comes in the wake of President Fernandéz's decision to pause Mercosur's free trade negotiations. The bloc is currently negotiating with Canada, South Korea, Lebanon, and Singapore.

The announcement of the suspension of Argentine participation was made on Friday, April 24th, in a videoconference meeting with the . . .

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