Finland and Paraguay will enhance their bilateral relations
Paraguaya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Lara Castro met Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja during his visit to Finland on 10 November. This was the first bilateral ministerial meeting between Finland and Paraguay. “Bilateral relations between our countries will now develop on a new level,” Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said after the meeting.
“Our bilateral relations offer huge potential for, for example, development of trade. We also share an interest in human rights and democracy issues,” Foreign Minister Tuomioja pointed out.
“This was a historic meeting,” Foreign Minister Jorge Lara Castro stated as well. “Bilateral relations and Finland’s experiences are important to us.”
According to Minister Lara Castro, Paraguay is currently undergoing an important period of democracy building. “We are hoping for close cooperation with Finland, so that we can build a safe society and democracy that will guarantee basic rights to our people. We also agree with Finland on the effects of the global economic crisis in different parts of the world," Lara Castro said.
The Foreign Ministers also discussed the EU financial and economic crisis; the EU-Latin America Summit; Paraguayan Presidency of the Union of South American Nations; Association Agreement negotiations between the EU and Mercosur; Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development; and climate and energy issues.
Jorge Lara Castro has been the Paraguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs since March. Before that he acted as, for example, UN Ambassador of Paraguay and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.