Buenos Aires Herald
The leader of the main opposition Victory Front (FpV) bloc in the Lower House of Congress Héctor Recalde yesterday attacked a new deal signed between Argentina and the UK to allow for more flights to make a stop in mainland Argentina before flying on to the Malvinas Islands. The deal was brokered by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and UK Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan, and provides a framework for restoring frequent flights via the the mainland to the islands on the condition that Argentina lift judicial sanctions against non-Argentine energy companies exploiting fossil fuel reserves in the seas surrounding the disputed archipelago.
Malcorra first made it clear in December of 2015 that Buenos Aires would be shifting its approach to London following years of distrust and conflict during the Kirchner years. Atthe time, the Foreign minister categorized the bilateral relationship with London in much the same way as she did the approach with Iran, underlining that differences between states do not necessarily prevent cooperation in “areas of mutual benefit.”
To make the point abundantly clear, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, Brazilian Foreign Minister José Serra, and Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga all agreed that “external negotiations with third countries and groups of countries will be coordinated by the States Parties of the Asunción Treaty.”
Sir Alan Duncan yesterday wrapped up his two-day visit to Argentina with high-level meetings with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and an exchange with President Mauricio Macri at the Business and Investment Forum, exemplifying the improved relationship between London and Buenos Aires.
Polls among the UN Security Council members showed the Costa Rican was close to bottom, receiving support from just two countries. Argentina’s Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra is one of the nine candidates nominated in the running for the post.
Malcorra, for her part, said yesterday that business leaders around the world have always been confident of investing in Argentina following Macri’s election but that certain stumbling blocs, such as the now-resolved conflict with the country’s creditors, the so-called “vulture-funds”, had been overcome since Macri took office.
“Business leaders were confident from day one, but we had some prior problems to resolve, that have (now) been resolved,” she said ahead of today’s event. The government hopes its summit will pay off.
Politicians: President Mauricio Macri, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña, Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren, Defence Minister Julio Martínez, Interior, Public Works and Housing Minister Rogelio Frigerio, Production Minister Francisco Cabrera, UK Minister of the Americas Alan Duncan, US Ambassador Noah Mamet.
The minister, an MP for the ruling Conservative Party, seemed happy to be in Argentina , tweeting about his meetings with Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña, PRO lawmaker and Senate leader Federico Pinedo at Congress and Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Foradori. Duncan is also due to meet with President Mauricio Macri and will spend time with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, where it is thought the pair will discuss the Malvinas Islands in a “constructive spirit.” Speaking last week to British newspaper The Guardian, Malcorra said it was time for a new approach to relations between the nations, referring to the “zero sum” approach adopted by previous Kirchnerite administrations.
President Mauricio Macri received a myriad of compliments at the G-20 summit in China. He was happy to tell his ministers of the praise he received from Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. He noted that José Serra, the Brazilian Foreign Minister, appeared surprised and annoyed to his colleague Susana Malcorra regarding the attention given by world leaders to Argentina