Even with threats from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Uruguay asks to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership



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Presidente Luis Lacalle Pou anunciou formalização do pedido um dia depois de demais integrantes do Mercosul ameaçarem entrar com ação contra o Uruguai


President Luis Lacalle Pou announced the formalization of the request a day after other members of Mercosur threatened to file a lawsuit against Uruguay| Photo: EFE/Raúl Martínez

Uruguay formally presented this Thursday (1st) a request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, free trade agreement to which they are party countries in Asia, America and Oceania.

“The Minister of Foreign Relations, Francisco Bustillo, has just formalized the request to join the Transpacific Partnership in New Zealand. More opportunities for our country and our people. A Uruguay open to the world. We trust Uruguayans and their full potential”, wrote President Luis Lacalle Pou on Twitter.

The Uruguayan head of state has displeased the other members of Mercosur due to the search for partnerships outside the bloc, such as a free trade agreement that is being negotiated with China.

On Wednesday (30), the national coordinators of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay before the Mercosur Common Market Group threatened to take legal measures against Uruguayans if Montevideo presented the application to join the Transpacific Partnership.

In a joint statement, the three countries informed that “they reserve the right to adopt any measures they deem necessary to defend their interests in the legal and commercial areas”.

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