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Portugal can be an important ally in the Mercosur-EU agreement, says Lula government

Itamaraty said that Portugal could be an essential ally of Brazil in negotiations for ratifying the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union.

The Portuguese government has shown itself to be a defender of the treaty. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said last October that an eventual non-ratification of the agreement would be a "historic mistake."

Approved in 2019 after 20 years of negotiations, the Mercosur-European Union free trade agreement, must be ratified by the parliaments of all countries in the two blocs to come into force, a process involving 31 nations.

It covers tariff and regulatory . . .

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