Buenos Aires Herald
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra’s ongoing bid to replace outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon continued to struggle yesterday after the results of the fourth straw poll in the voting for a new UNSG showed former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres continue to lead while there was little movement among the 15-member Security Council (UNSC) supporting the foreign minister’s bid.
The local Malvinas Islands government on the (FIG) continued to reject proposals mooted by Argentina and Foreign Minster Susana Malcorra to restore direct flights between the archipelago and the mainland yesterday, as it reiterated calls for Buenos Aires to backtrack on sanctions against companies who exploit fossil fuels in the seas surrounding the islands.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra reaffirmed the government’s commitment to re-establishing direct flights between the mainland and the Malvinas islands yesterday during a visit to the United Kingdom.
Sin embargo, cualquier ilusión de que Macri se está convirtiendo en un icono del Tercer Mundo puede quedar sepultada por el elogio que le confirió el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, al llamarlo un ejemplo para otros países al alejarse del populismo y del proteccionismo. De hecho, puede que el logro más sorprendente de su asistencia al G20 haya sido su capacidad de estar del lado correcto de casi todos los participantes (lo que sin duda fue bien recibido por la ministra de Relaciones Exteriores, Susana Malcorra, en su intento de ser la próxima secretaria general de las Naciones Unidas); algo que resulta fácil de lograr cuando se está al margen de los temas principales. Pero antes de ser demasiado críticos con Macri, hay que reconocer que aún resta escuchar opiniones positivas sobre el éxito de la cumbre en su conjunto.
Economic cooperation was also discussed, with Sisi saying that Argentine firms could take part in opportunities opened by increased transit capacity in the Suez Canal. Macri was joined by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay, among others. Rights violations and global community Sisi held widely discredited elections after the coup, winning with 97 percent of the vote amid banned opposition parties and boycotts against its legitimacy.
The president is accompanied by Finance Minister Alfonso Prat- Gay, and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra among other Let’s Change government officials. They arrived last Thursday in China after a stopover in Qatar where Macri had meetings with the country’s Emir.
Chinese President Xi Jin ping said yesterday that Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra can count on China’s support in her campaign for the UN’s Secretary-General position, during a 30 minute bilateral meeting he had with President Mauricio Macri in Hangzhou lake Guesthouse. “China will support her enthusiastically” Jinping told Macri yesterday according to the La Nación daily.
Not much political news beyond government activity — contrasting stances on the Rousseff ouster in Brazil occupied much of debate. Congress was quiet, mulling various bills in the pipeline with electoral reform in the forefront. A compulsory Cabinet shuffle for Macri looks less likely as Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra lost ground in the race to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations.