Buenos Aires Herald
Argentina, as temporary chair of the Mercosur, has been leading the discussions with both the EU and EFTA since January. To that effect, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra was in Brussels yesterday to meet with EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, announcing progress in those negotiations.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra made it clear that while the prospect of Lousteau leaving the embassy was known and that it had been expected, she was taken aback by the timing.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra implicitly admitted to an unsatisfactory relationship the next day when she blamed the previous governments for shortfalls. No wonder Macri minimised his stay in Brazil to hasten back home for his 58th birthday celebrations in San Martín de los Andes.
"We are being attentive and alert," Paraguay foreign minister Eladio Loizaga, said in Asunción. He was reporterd to have informed Lets Change Foreign Minister Malcorra that they were studying the new immigration regulation, and reminded Macri's administration that they are signatories of the Mercosur trade bloc's treaty of free transit for residents in the region.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra also said that she had not had "signals in these conversations about why one should invest or not in Argentina. There is indeed a cloud over Davos which is the global uncertainty about the changes in Europe and the United States. Everyone has questions and there are few answers. At the same there is a sensation that one thing is communication through social media and campaign rhetoric and another is the policy when it is set into motion."
Macri noted that he expects to see Trump in Buenos Aires in 2018 on the occasion of the G20 summit, and according to the Pink House, the president-elect said that he would like to welcome his Argentine counterpart at the White House. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, who reportedly helped coordinate the call, said that the most important element of the conversation was the "reconfirmation and reestablishment of the personal relationship -that they had many years ago" when the two politicians crossed paths through business dealings.
Macri sent four ministers in his stead to meet with the top leaders, politicians and businessmen that gather in the Switzerland every year. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, and'lteasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne led the delegation hoping to attract more investment to the country and convince attendees that Argentina is a shining light in the midst of a global context of uncertainty for investors.