BRASILIA – Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni and Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes reaffirmed on Tuesday the plan to build two new cross-border bridges.
“It has already been 53 years since the construction of the Friendship Bridge,” Castiglioni said alongside Nunes. “We will build two more bridges within five years.”
The two bridges are set to be built over the Parana and Apa rivers in order to boost bilateral trade, which reached $3.78 billion last year.
Castiglioni said that he chose Brazil as his first official visit as foreign minister because the country is a “friend, brother and ally,” as well as a strategic partner for Paraguay, both in bilateral and regional matters.
Both countries are member states of Mercosur, along with Argentina and Uruguay.
Nunes said that Brazil and Paraguay agree that Mercosur must keep going strong in terms of trade negotiations with the European Union, Canada, South Korea and Singapore.
The ministers also reaffirmed that the two countries will further their efforts in terms of security in the fight against organized crime gangs, which Nunes said “are formed on both sides of the border.”