Argentine president and Macron discuss release of former Brazil leader

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Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez said he spoke by phone for about an hour on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed South American issues, including the release of the former Brazilian leader, Bloomberg News reported.

"We had a great conversation. We talked about the problems of the continent," Fernandez said at the opening session of the Puebla Group meeting in Buenos Aires, including the return of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to politics after a high-level court decision to overturn convictions for continued imprisonment.

Fernandez said the two leaders discussed the situation in countries such as Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela, but gave no details.

Fernandez's spokesman said Argentina and France would discuss dates for Fernandez's possible visit to France.

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