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Brazil announces official return to South American bloc

It added that the measure will take effect on May 6 and "places the country back in the group created during President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's second administration."

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Sao Paulo: Brazil on Friday officially announced it will rejoin the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), from which it withdrew in 2019.

“As Brazil resumes its main international alliances, it will once again join the Union of South American Nations,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

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It added that the measure will take effect on May 6 and “places the country back in the group created during President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s second administration.”

“Brazil ratifies its commitment to the consolidation of South America as a zone of peace and cooperation, in line with … promoting regional integration,” the foreign ministry said in another statement.
“UNASUR’s revitalization and updating will be a collective process through dialogue among all the countries of the region,” it added.

UNASUR, established in 2008, is an intergovernmental regional organization once comprised of 12 South American countries. Brazil formally withdrew from the regional organization in April 2019.

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