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In the context of her first official visit to Argentina, German Chancellor Angela Merkel went on record today stating that her country will support a trade agreement between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc.

Speaking at a joint press conference with President Mauricio Macri in the Casa Rosada, Merkel said that “When there’s will to reach an agreement it’s because there are good reasons. Of course, negotiations will be tough and all of Argentina’s expectations will not be fulfilled. But this will be beneficial for all. Past experiences have been good and we have quite a lot of work ahead of us. We have to do this work, of course,” Merkel said.

The heads of state went on to praise each other and, same as all counterparts from Western countries before her, Merkel highlighted Argentina’s newfound openness. “The macro[economic] conditions in Argentina have become more trustworthy and that is a necessary condition to lock down investments, not only from large companies, but small and medium-sized ones anyway.”

“Argentina has opened itself in several ways and I’m profoundly convinced that it will lead to a path of growth that will create more employment,” she added.

Speaking to Merkel, Macri said that “we take your visit as a display of affection and support to this project that we have started in Argentina. We want to reitterate how enormous Argentines’ support for the Germans is, there are a lot of neighborhoods and towns that developed with the help of Germans who chose Argentina to develop themselves,” he said.

The Chancellor was also in Argentina to coordinate the succession of the G-20 presidency, which Argentina will take in 2018.