Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner held on Wednesday a 45 summit meeting with her counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on the third and last day of her official visit to France.
Sarkozy complemented Argentina for its economic development and CFK for her leading roll in Latin America. According to Foreign Minister Héctor Timmerman, the presidents talked about speculation in international markets, the trade of raw materials, and the coming G20 November meeting which is currently chaired by France.
CFK was accompanied by Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, Argentine Ambassador in Paris Aldo Ferrer and Legal Secretary Carlos Zannini.
On Tuesday CFK inaugurated a photographic exhibition about the Dakar Rally editions in Argentina at the country’s Embassy in Paris and also signed an agreement to bring the MotoGP motorcycle tourney, the most important event of its kind, back to Argentina.
During the ceremony CFK remarked Argentina has one of the “best literacy rates of the world.” She also added Argentina was a different country than before “not only in human Rights issues and economy, but also regarding social inclusion.”
On Monday the Argentine president met with the relatives of Cassandra Bouvier, one of the two French tourist girls assassinated in the Province of Salta. Sarkozy complemented Kirchner for the fast resolution of the case” and said it “added to Argentina’s credibility.”
After leaving the French Government House, CFK headed to a ceremony at the UNESCO building in which an award will be granted to the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.
The organization’s president, Estela de Carlotto will be presented with the Unesco Felix Houphouet-Boigny 2010 peace award. The award which includes 150.000 dollars has on other occasions been given to Nelson Mandela, Lula da Silva, Yasser Arafat and Yithad Rabin, among others.
The annual honour recognizes the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo efforts in finding the children stolen or born in captivity during the Argentine dictatorship (1976/1983). An estimated 500 children from disappeared dictatorship prisoners were stolen or given out in adoption, of which the Grandmothers have managed to recover 105.