Argentina deploys major diplomatic offensive in the Grand Caribbean
Argentina attended the fifth Caribbean states leaders’ summit held in Haiti April 23/26 as an observer but with a major delegation that included Foreign Affairs Secretary Ambassador Eduardo Zuaín, the different ambassadors in the region plus staff from the Political and Coperation desks.
The agenda of the summit referred to coordination of efforts following natural disasters, sustainable tourism, infrastructure development, inter-regional connectivity and trade.
According to an official release from the Argentine Foreign ministry the purpose of such a delegation was “to continue and deepen dialogue with countries from the Grand Caribbean, and held bilateral talks where issues such as policy coordination in international forums and the development of South-South projects in areas of common interest which contribute to diminish asymmetries and increase inclusive development”.
Deputy Minister Zuaín and the delegation visited areas where the Argentine sponsored project “Vegetable-Garden Haiti” is in full process so that approximately 120.000 Haitians can benefit from growing their own fresh vegetables.
While in Haiti the delegation also visited Argentine civilian, military and security staff that is collaborating with an Argentine field hospital in the framework of the Peace mission deployed by the United Nations in the Caribbean still suffering from the devastation of a major earth quake that rocked the island killing tens of thousands.