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British Foreign Secretary to visit Argentina

The Argentine delegation travelled to the British Houses of Parliament last week.
The Argentine delegation travelled to the British Houses of Parliament last week.
The Argentine delegation travelled to the British Houses of Parliament last week.

Following the trip of an Argentine parliamentary group to the United Kingdom, it has been confirmed that Britain’s Foreign Secretary, the eccentric Conservative Boris Johnson (one of the creators of Brexit), will be visiting Buenos Aires in April or May in order to follow up the agreements reached between the governments of President Mauricio Macri and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Johnson will not be the the only visitor to Argentina. March will see the arrival of UK Deputy Trade Minister Greg Hands and Alderman Andrew Parmley, the Lord Mayor of the City of London (the financial district) while on March 23 a trade mission organised by the Argentine-British Chamber of Commerce (CCAB) will be heading in the opposite direction.

All this came to light upon the conclusion of the Argentine parliamentary visit to the UK.

“The balance of the visit was highly positive, During changing times in the world, we could confirm at different levels the strong interest in Argentina and in exploring ways to deepen the bilateral relationship,” said Senator Federico Pinedo (Pro-Capital), who headed the group. Pinedo met up with British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan to go over what he called a “positive” bilateral agenda. The conversations included Argentina’s probable entry into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The parliamentary delegation also reminded Duncan of Argentina’s “historic position” on the Malvinas issue, defending the sovereignty rights to the islands, while both sides highlighted the advances made by the International Red Cross’s first exploratory mission to identify Argentine “unknown soldiers” lying in Darwin cemetery.

Johnson’s visit in April or May might well include a meeting with President Macri. The latter blundered into a huge gaffe when after his first contact with May in New York last September, he announced that she was ready to negotiate the Malvinas dispute, which was not true, as Macri himself was later forced to admit.

The Argentine delegation consisted of Pinedo, Margarita Stolbizer (GEN), Lucila Crexell (Neuquén Popular Movement), Rodolfo Urtubey (Peronist), Eduardo Amadeo (Pro) and Alejandro Grandinetti (Renewal Front), accompanied by Ambassadors Carlos Sersale di Cerisano and Mark Kent.

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