The Americas

Argentina and Brazil agree to mediate in Venezuela crisis

  • Brazil's acting Foreign minister Jose Serra arrives for a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Brazil's acting Foreign minister Jose Serra arrives for a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's acting Foreign minister Jose Serra smiles during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Brazil's acting Foreign minister Jose Serra smiles during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police stand outside the Foreign Relations Ministry as a protester holds a sign showing Brazil's acting Foreign Minister Jose Serra that reads in Spanish "Wanted, Jose Serra, Foreign Minister impostor of Brazil" as they wait for him outside the Foreign Relations Ministry where he'll meet Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is meeting Malcorra on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Police stand outside the Foreign Relations Ministry as a protester holds a sign showing Brazil's acting Foreign Minister Jose Serra that reads in Spanish "Wanted, Jose Serra, Foreign Minister impostor of Brazil" as they wait for him outside the Foreign Relations Ministry where he'll meet Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 23, 2016. Serra is meeting Malcorra on his first state visit since being appointed in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's acting foreign minister says his country will work with Argentina to help find a solution to Venezuela's political crisis.

Venezuela is facing a severe economic crisis, with the world's highest inflation and shortages. Polls indicate most Venezuelans want President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra met with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Monday. It was Serra's first state visit since being appointed after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended pending an impeachment trial.

Economic ties between South America's two largest economies have been hit by Brazil's worst recession in decades.

Both countries agreed Monday to search for mechanisms that can help secure trade deals independently rather than through the Mercosur trade bloc as they had been doing.