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Venezuela, Paraguay Hold Talks on Restoration of Diplomatic Links

Asunción, October 9 (RHC)-– Venezuela Foreign Minister Elias Jaua met Wednesday in Asunción with his Paraguayan counterpart, Eladio Loizaga. The two reportedly spoke about bilateral relations, Mercosur and other isssues of common interest, according to sources from the administration of President Horacio Cartes.

Key issues on the meeting's agenda were the normalization of bilateral relations and the re-incorporation of Paraguay into the South Common Market (Mercosur).

Prior to the meeting, Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga said his government is stepping up efforts to reestablish bilateral relations with Venezuela.

Formal relations had been interrupted since the previous government of President Federico Franco, which took office in June 2012, in the midst of a political crisis that removed President Fernando Lugo, following his impeachment.

Paraguay was also suspended from Mercosur and Unasur in June 2012, following Lugo’s removal.

This is the first visit by a Venezuelan official to Paraguay since the diplomatic breakup.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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