December 22, 2014
'I'm here to make our relationship stronger than ever,' Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who calls Argentina a “strategic ally” to her country, has praised her arrival to the "neighbour country" and promoted the two countries relationship during a joint press conference given with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the Government House.
Brazil's Head of State indicated that "It was not a casual decision to pick Argentina as my first foreign destination", and added, "I'm here to promote our nations' relationship and make it stronger than ever in both their commercial and cultural ties."
After meeting with members of the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo associations, Fernández de Kirchner and Rousseff participated in a meeting with government officials to sign agreements.
According to sources, Argentina asked the Brazilian delegation to keep on the “mutual trade loyalty system”, which was agreed and signed back in 2005 by Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ Da Silva and the late Néstor Carlos Kirchner. Thanks to the system agreed, all those imports that might affect certain sector of the importer’s industry will be automatically limited by the exporter side in order to soften the impact.
Taking into consideration that Argentina holds a trade deficit of US$4 billion with its giant neighbour, everything indicates that it would be the government of Rousseff the one limiting its exports to Argentina.Brazilian and Argentine ministers (headed by Economy Minister Amado Boudou, Industry Minister Débora GIorgi, and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman) are also expected to meet at the same time but in a different office within the Government House.
Rousseff is expected to take off from Aeroparque after 4 pm in order to return to Brazil.