By Dialogo May 05, 2010 The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced Monday the construction of a second bridge that will connect the border city of Foz do Iguaçu with Paraguay, opposite Ciudad del Este. Lula also affirmed that he himself will lay the cornerstone this year, before leaving office. “This second bridge that will be built in Foz, opposite the city of Presidente Franco (Ciudad del Este) in Paraguay, will be useful for economic growth and will create jobs along the border,” Lula said during a meeting with Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo in this border city. The first bridge over the large river that marks the border, the Paraná, connects Foz with Ciudad del Este and has been in use since 1965. Lula said that relations between the two countries “are exceptional right now.” “The whole world knows about my efforts for the success of Paraguay and for that of President Lugo. Brazil is conscious that its neighbors need to be economically strong, that they need to grow,” he added.