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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina's decision to withdraw from further trade agreements with third countries under Mercosur at this time has been interpreted by some partner countries as a break with the economic bloc.

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández has now refuted this. In a telephone conversation with his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, he made it clear that, in fact, he was in favor of an extended Southern Cone Common Market, the Mercosur.

"The decision is not to leave Mercosur, but to make it bigger, with more members," he stressed in the conversation.

The inclusion of more . . .

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