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Argentina's president-elect meets Brazil's Rousseff

Argentina's president-elect Macri meets Brazilian leader Rousseff

Argentina's president-elect meets Brazil's Rousseff

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Argentina's president-elect Mauricio Macri is visiting Brazil on his first international trip after winning last month's vote.

In a short meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Macri called for tighter commercial relations between the two neighbors that have been at odds over trade barriers.

"Both countries are suffering from a recession. We want to strengthen our trade relations," Macri told reporters after the meeting. "If Brazil does better, Argentina will do better, too."

Macri says that Rousseff "was very calm" despite the beginning of impeachment proceedings against her on Wednesday.

"She explained what was happening," Macri said.

He didn't mention their disagreement on having Venezuela as a member of Mercosur trade bloc Mercosur.

Macri wants crisis-ridden and polarized Venezuela out -- while Brazil backs it.

Updated : 2021-09-20 20:42 GMT+08:00