Mercosur to Sign Agreement on Shared Consulates Around the World

Under the agreement, Brazilian citizens may be served by Mercosur member country consulates in cities where there is no diplomatic representation from Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Mercosur countries -- Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay -- are expected to sign a worldwide "consular cooperation" agreement next week.

The rules have yet to pass through the legislatures of all the countries in the bloc before coming into force.

The agreement will allow a Brazilian citizen to seek, for instance, an Argentinian consulate in Europe or Asia in case of emergency or question, when Brazil has no consulate in . . .

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