Argentina's new president Alberto Fernández said on Tuesday he would seek good relations with Brazil, despite the recent friction he had with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was not in his possession.
"We will maintain the historic brotherhood of our peoples, which goes beyond any personal differences between those who govern at the moment. We will move forward together in building shared progress," he said before the plenary session of the Argentine Congress.
Fernández also promised to strengthen Mercosur and bet on regional integration.
"We will strengthen Mercosur and regional integration," said the new vice president, Cristina Fernández Kirchner.
The new president of Argentina, who will govern the next four years, also said that his government will bet "on a united Latin America", where peace will prevail.
In the region, Argentina expects to maintain with its main trading partner, Brazil, a technological and productive integration.
Mercosur is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela (currently suspended) and several associated states, including Bolivia, which is in the process of joining as a full member.
Falklands and human rights
In an alert to the international community, Fernández considered that "Argentina must be integrated with globalization, preserving national production and labor".
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Argentines follow President Alberto Fernández's oath of office in Buenos Aires
In foreign policy, its executive will work to assess global and plural integration "because Argentina is a land of mature relations with all countries." Within this framework, foreign investment must "deepen the technological processes that enable job creation".
The new head of state also promised to respect the Paris Agreement and develop renewable sources.
During his congressional speech, Fernández also claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, called by the Argentines from Falkland and occupied by the United Kingdom since 1833.
On International Human Rights Day, his government advanced its commitment "to human rights anywhere in the world," Fernández continued.
The new Argentine government has a mandate until December 10, 2023.
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