Weekly Report - 16 June 2022 (WR-22-24)

Bolivia and Paraguay make show of unity over bi-oceanic links

Bolivia’s President Luis Arce hosted his Paraguayan peer Mario Abdo Benítez on 14 June in the south-eastern department of Tarija on the shared border. Officially the meeting between the two heads of state was to mark the 87th anniversary of the agreement which ended the Chaco War (1932-1935) between their two countries, ceding 235,000 square kilometres of Bolivia’s Chaco region to Paraguay. But the main issue up for discussion was one designed to deepen bilateral links, namely ramping up cooperation on a proposed bi-oceanic road and rail corridor that would see the region’s only two landlocked countries connected to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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