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MERCOSUR gets into thorny trade debate

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At a high-level MERCOSUR meeting on Monday, April 26, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay got fully involved in the thorny discussion of the issues on the South American bloc's trade agenda that cause the greatest differences among the four partners.

Two very specific issues were on the virtual meeting's table for discussion by foreign and economy ministers of the four countries: the reduction of the common external tariff (TEC) and the flexibility of trade negotiations with third markets.

These are not new issues on MERCOSUR's agenda, but this is the first time . . .

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