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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Uruguay to Invite Ecuador Joining MERCOSUR

Montevideo, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) An invitation for Ecuador to join the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) will be made by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez to his Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa when the former visits Quito next week, government sources reported here Friday.

According to reports from the Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Ministry, Vazquez will visit the Ecuadorian capital August 14-16, to analyze with Correa new ways of complementation and cooperation, sign several accords and a final declaration.

Among issues is Ecuador's entrance to MERCOSUR, whose pro-tempore presidency is in charge of Uruguay.

This regional bloc is also made up of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, while Venezuela's entrance has still to be resolved, because it expects ratifications by Brazilian and Paraguayan parliaments.

The Uruguayan president will visit Ecuador accompanied by Foreign Minister Reinaldo Gargano and Industry, Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Lepra.

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