President Carlos Menem of Argentina visits FAO
The Director-General also spoke, stressing the importance of Argentina's integration with other countries in the Latin America region. Argentina was a founding member of Mercosur - the Southern Common Market - in 1991. Dr Diouf also mentioned the importance of the eradication of foot and mouth disease, which has reopened the country's meat markets, and praised the diversification of agricultural production into non-traditional sectors with high export potential.
by President Carlos Menem of Argentina
15 December 1997