The Associated Press
August 05, 2008
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The presidents of Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela on Monday discussed creating a regional airline and train network as a way to better integrate their nations.
Argentina's ambassador to Venezuela, Alicia Castro, said that besides an alliance of airlines, the leaders were also considering "a dream that today appears utopian" of a railway stretching from Caracas to Buenos Aires.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joined Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday at a business seminar in Buenos Aires.
Chavez told reporters at the airport that the three countries have emerged as an "axis of the South" capable of countering Europe and the U.S., and able to help meet the world's rising demand for food.
Castro says the idea of a transportation network emerged at the meeting as a possible way to build stronger regional ties.