Buenos Aires Herald
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra is scheduled to visit Congress to inform the Foreign Relations Committee about a statement released by the Foreign Ministry related to Argentina and the UK’s relations regarding the Malvinas islands.
Malcorra in turn is expected to attend a Foreign Affairs Committee meeting in the Senate soon and her presence at a Lower House committee meeting has not been totally ruled out.
Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres retained his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next UN secretary-general yesterday as the race heated up. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra rose one place to fourth in the latest informal poll of Security Council members, though she registered the same voting breakdown.
Despite the improved performance, Malcorra’s chances of winning the post appear slim, though she managed to keep her position as the highest-ranked woman in the race.
As Macri arrived in Cartegena yesterday, he spoke of the peace deal saying “how important this is for the region and for the whole continent ... I am a believer in dialogue and I wish the best of success knowing how important this is for Colombia, for the region and for the whole continent.” Macri was accompanied by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and Secretary of Strategic
The newly-elected Peruvian president also met with Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra Monday and said that her suggestions for the proposals, and those of Argentina, were “very good and along the same lines as ours.”
Santos has invited many world leaders to the event at 5pm in the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre to illustrate the diplomatic support for any deal. Heads of state from at least 15 regional nations have confirmed their support and President Mauricio Macri and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra will travel to Colombia to represent Argentina. Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa will also be attendance, after receiving a personal invitation from the Colombian leader.
Heads of state from at least 15 regional nations have confirmed their presence and President Mauricio Macri and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra will travel to Colombia to represent Argentina. Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa will also be there after receiving a personal invitation from the Colombian leader.
A diplomatic policy in which a president corrects his foreign minister and vice versa is nothing new for the Mauricio Macri presidency. Already around December, his baby steps in foreign policy took the form of announcing that he would request the application of Mercosur’s “democratic clause” against the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro, an extreme which met with no consensus in the region and which led the then recently appointed Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra, to try and tone down the rhetoric and defuse the request.
Malvinas was already in the news because Argentina’s Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and Alan Duncan, Britain’s minister of state for Europe and the Americas, last week singed a joint statement agreeing to work together to get rid of restrictions to the oil and gas, shipping and fishing industries around the disputed islands.
This is what he said to reporters afterwards. But there was no evidence of that, not even a picture taking during the quick talk. And the imbroglio led to the unusual but all-too-real event of the Foreign Ministry contradicting the President and then the President contradicting himself. Asked to say whether she trusted what her President said he had heard, Foreign Minister Malcorra was blunt, “I honestly don’t think (May) would say that (sovereignty) would be at the top of the list of things to discuss.”