Argentina assumes Mercosur presidency despite objections from Venezuela

During a Summit in Buenos Aires on 14 December 2016, Argentina assumed the rotating presidency of Mercosur despite objections from Venezuela, which was suspended from the bloc on 2 December but refuses to recognize Mercosur's decision. Although Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga stated on 13 December that Venezuela was not invited to the Mercosur summit, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez arrived at Argentina's Foreign Ministry, accompanied by Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca (Tal Cual). Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra stated during a press conference that she met with Rodríguez, Choquehuanca, and Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa before the Mercosur Summit (Panorama). Malcorra reiterated that Venezuela has not adopted over 200 regulations required to become a full member of Mercosur, but noted she and Rodríguez will meet again on 15 December to hold a dialogue over Venezuela's relationship with the bloc (Globovisión).