Falklands: G24 Caribbean member PM visits Argentina, special guest of Cristina Fernandez
Argentine Vice-president and acting President Amado Boudou, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, other cabinet ministers and lawmakers met this week with Saint Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Everard Gonsalves, on an official invitation to visit the country to thank the Caribbean leader for his support in the Malvinas cause.
According to the official release from the Foreign ministry, PM Gonsalves was invited to Argentina in the context of official policy “to increase political, trade and cultural links” with the Caribbean.
During the meeting at the foreign ministry in Palacio San Martin the visitor participated in several work rounds and met with Minister Timerman and his South Atlantic desk.
Before that PM Gonsalves was awarded the Great Cross of the “Order of Liberator General San Martín” in acknowledgement for his government’s support for Argentine legitimate rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and surrounding maritime spaces”.
The visitor met with acting president Boudou because Cristina Fernandez underwent surgery for the elimination of a subdural haematoma of which she is still recovering.
PM Gonsalves also had an interview with Security Minister Arturo Puricelli for talks regarding coastal security cooperation, which is currently under implementation with the support of the Argentine Coast Guard in the Caribbean state.
“We are very grateful to all of Argentina’s technical cooperation in different fields and of the pledged aid in the event of a natural disaster”, said PM Gonsalves according to the official release from Palacio San Martín.
The Saint Vincent and Grenadines PM also held meetings with top officials from the Health and Sanitary Relations Department; the regional small and medium enterprises development; Ports and Waterways Secretariat and Commercial air transport.
The tiny Caribbean islands state is a member of Caricom (Caribbean Community), ALBA, Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, (British) Commonwealth of Nations and CELAC (Community of Latam and Caribbean States). And last but not least is a member of the G-24 or UN Decolonization Committee which annually discusses the Falkland Islands situation.