Uruguayan President: “We Must Sign the Trade Agreement with the European Union.”

Luis Lacalle Pou, current Pro Tempore Mercosur President, stressed that his nation will be committed to the pact. "Protectionism may be a temptation for some countries, particularly the larger ones. The bloc has a duty to finish what it has begun," he said.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, opened the first virtual summit of Mercosur presidents and party states on Thursday, due to the coronavirus pandemic. On that day, Paraguay handed over the bloc's pro-tempore presidency to Uruguay.

"For Paraguay, Mercosur is the cornerstone . . .

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