Caracas, Dec 22.- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa described as "very important" his country's decision to handle the full membership of the Common Southern Market (MERCOSUR).
"We would really like to join the bloc, we are seriously discussing a formal application to become a full-fledged member," Correa said in an interview broadcast on Thursday by the multinational TV station Telesur.
Correa highlighted the coincidences between his government and MERCOSUR's stance on politics, trade and investments.
Correa also defended his country's intention to join MERCOSUR, currently made of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, because it would favor the regional efforts to consolidate integration.
The Ecuadorian president made those statements to Telesur in the framework of the 42nd Summit of Heads of State of MERCOSUR, held this week in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.
Ecuador attended the regional forum as an associate member, as well as Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
The MERCOSUR presidents on Tuesday agreed to create a "high-level commission" to study the request from the Ecuadorian government and unlock the incorporation of Venezuela to the group. (Prensa Latina).