Ernesto Araújo is starting today a trip to Buenos Aires to explain the new international direction of the Bolsonaro government to Brazil's main strategic partner
Tonight, at dawn on Wednesday in Portugal, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo will give an academic lecture and then hold a series of diplomatic rounds to prepare the visit of the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Argentina.
This visit is expected to take place in the first half of the year so as not to conflict with the election campaign of Maurício Macri, who is trying the argentina presidential re-election in October.
On the first day of the visit, the minister addresses a speech at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI), entitled "The New Foreign Policy of Brazil", before an audience of diplomats, academics and members of the Argentine government.
Until the takeover of Bolsonaro, the Brazil's most strategic partner for regional integration as an international insertion Plataforma was Argentina.
Official activities continue on Wednesday. In the morning, the minister will have a meeting with his Argentine counterpart, Jorge Faurie, at the Palacio San Martín, headquarters of Argentine diplomacy. On the table, the bilateral agenda and Mercosur, a bloc still formed by Uruguay and Paraguay.
Soon after, the Brazilian minister should meet with the Argentine Production Minister, Dante Sica. Some of the main issues are the modernization of Mercosur, the review of the bloc's Common External Tariff (TEC) and some more controversy issues in the relationship such as the recent Brazilian offer to the United States to sell up to 750,000 tons of wheat to Brazil with exemption from TEC.
The most affected country by this decision is Argentina, which accounts for 84.4% of all wheat imported by Brazil last year.