Cristina Fernandez looks for new friends: Hollande and Putin
Argentina’s Cristina Fernández spoke to French president- elect François Hollande and newly elected Russian president Vladimir Putin to congratulate them on their wins and agreed to meet them both in the next G20 meeting in Mexico.
Presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro confirmed the information in a communiqué, but did no say whether the meetings will happen as bilateral events or as informal encounters during the summit.
Amidst certain northern hemisphere nations’ attacks against Argentine trade policies, the approach to Hollande and Putin could launch a new relations scheme for the Government.
According to her press secretary early Wednesday, the president held a phone call with French Socialist Hollande, whom she congratulated over his victory over current president Nicolas Sarkozy.
“We are very happy for your win, we have closely followed your growth proposals and we wanted to use this opportunity to congratulate you” said the Argentine president.
Hollande replied that “it will be a pleasure to see you in the G20 summit to discuss common interests” according to the communiqué.
Later, the President congratulated Russian leader Putin on his win, and invited him to Argentina. Putin hoped Cristina Fernández visits Russia again and said he expects to see her at the G20 summit in Mexico in June.
“I’m especially interested in hearing your perspective on the international global situation, especially taking into account the strong decisions you have taken in order to face the complex international scenario,” Putin added.