Buenos Aires Herald
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.
For her part, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra asserted that "Argentina has one of the world's most open migration laws," but that they must "make decisions" because "some people, with criminal records, with ties with drugtrafficking, take advantage of our openness." "We must review the laws to see what the problem is," Malcorra answered when asked by Radio Mitre on eventual changes in migration regulations.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, who has been calling for an increase in people-to-people contact and a "soft" link with the local population on the islands, has advocated cooperation on this matter as a way to break down barriers with the islanders.
Macri introduced a delicate issue onto the agenda as a move to strengthen Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra's candidacy for the post of secretary-general of the United Nations, trying to show that his administration was completely blended with the Western world and that community while complying with its tradition of a nation that is ready to receive migrants with arms wide open.
The low-key tone of this agreement may well have been prompted by an accident-prone September — the agreement between Duncan and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra (then still in pursuit of the top job at the United Nations) accompanying the Business and Investment Forum here, which ran into local flak, and Macri's extraordinary gaffe at the UN General Assembly when he claimed to have coaxed Malvinas sovereignty talks out of the new British Prime Minister Theresa May during a five-minute encounter in a corridor.