Leaders of Brazil and Vietnam agreed here on Tuesday that closer relations should be forged between the South American Common Market (Mercosur) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The common ground was reached when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with visiting General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nong Duc Manh.
The two leaders discussed the prospects of promoting cooperation between the two blocs in health, biomedical sciences, bio-fuels, technology and sports.
As Mercosur and ASEAN are accelerating their respective integration processes and kicking off agreements with other blocs, dialogue between the two groups has a lot of potential, Lula said.
Mercosur has four full members: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Venezuela is in the process of acquiring full membership. The five other countries associated with the group are Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
ASEAN brings together Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.