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Obama on the phone with Macri; interest in expanding trade and energy ties

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:22 UTC
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US interested in improving commercial ties, and expand opportunities in the energy sector, the White House said of the conversation. US interested in improving commercial ties, and expand opportunities in the energy sector, the White House said of the conversation.
During the election campaign, Macri expressed his desire to improve the strained relationship between the US and Argentina During the election campaign, Macri expressed his desire to improve the strained relationship between the US and Argentina

United States President Barack Obama congratulated Argentine president-elect Mauricio Macri on his victory in the runoff in a phone call, according to a brief release from the White House.

 “The president emphasized the longstanding partnership between the United States and Argentina and conveyed his commitment to deepen cooperation on multilateral issues, improve commercial ties, and expand opportunities in the energy sector,” the White House said of the conversation.

The phone call was the latest in a growing list of messages from presidents and prime ministers worldwide to have contacted Macri who, as the leader of Let’s Change (Cambiemos), won Sunday’s run-off election with 51.45% of the vote.

During the election campaign, Macri expressed his desire to improve the strained relationship between the US and Argentina which has emerged during Cristina Fernández time in office.

The outgoing president regularly criticized the US position over the ongoing speculative or “vulture” funds dispute, while favoring closer relations with emerging economies, particularly China and Russia.

At the UN General Assembly last September, Cristina Fernandez accused the US of harboring fugitive Argentine former spymaster Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso.

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  • Briton

    Amazing what a new leader does for the country,

    now the world leaders queue up to say welcome back

    this is before he has oped his mouth about what he intends to do,

    sooner or later this man will be confronted by ??

    and no doubt the falklands will be amongst these questions,
    time will tell.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 11:33 am 0
  • Pete Bog

    @1 Briton

    Macri has sent out good signals about cooperation.

    He knows that to forego Western help for that from dodgy countries, isn't going to help Argentina.

    But the offers will be to help Argentina, which Macri would be wise to accept.

    He doesn't appear to have much to offer us other than to stop bulling the islanders. Though even that small gesture will enable him to start recovering Argentina's economy, which to Argentina means billions in real terms, much more than the Falklands are financially worth to them.

    Regarding the Falklands, this doesn't mean the UK will capitulate to Argentina.

    Argentina is in the shit, and the UK holds some of the cards to help them or ignore them.

    Macri will raise the Falklands, but will have to accept:

    If talks are held on the Islands, MLAs will have to be present.

    Macri will have to be told, read the correct history of the Islands before opening his mouth for example the 1850 Southern Arana treaty

    If he or his voters get belligerent, that's it, help will be withdrawn, however regardless of Macri, even if he is sensible/friendly, the defences on the Falklands will be modernised and Argentina's forces are the worst they have been in their entire history.

    The UK holds the cards, but you are right if you suggestthe UK does have a habit of giving too much away when people are friendly and clamming up when people are belligerent.

    The peronist failure to understand this basic British psychology, is why CFK did not as she promised 'deliver the Malvinas Myth.'

    In fact she made that myth further away from reality than ever.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 12:48 pm 0
  • yankeeboy

    Odumbo is such a hypocrite. He loves fracking and oil exploration everywhere but the USA.
    I can't wait until he's gone.
    I bet he goes around badmouthing the USA just like Carter.
    Anther pissed off liberal with a failed Presidency.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 02:32 pm 0
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