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Cristina Fernandez advances visit to Chile from September to January 25/26

Tuesday, December 13th 2011 - 23:21 UTC
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The formal invitation from Piñera was during CFK last Saturday’s inauguration The formal invitation from Piñera was during CFK last Saturday’s inauguration

Argentine President Cristina Fernández will make an official visit to Santiago to meet with her Chilean counterpart, Sebastián Piñera at the end of January next year, it was announced Tuesday.

According to the Argentine Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Cristina Fernández had accepted Piñera’s invitation given to her during the inauguration ceremony that re-instated her as head of State, last Saturday.

The official visit is planned for January 25 and 26 in 2012, when the leaders will “analyze bilateral and regional relations, debating topics such as processes of integration and infrastructural and connectivity works between the countries,” stated the official communiqué.

Originally the idea was for the Argentine leader to visit the neighbouring country in coincidence with Chile’s national festivities in September; however the decision was changed at last moment.

President Piñera will also host in the first half of this year his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff, according to Chilean Foreign Affairs minister Alfredo Moreno.

“Both visits are considered very important and generate great expectation given the strategic significance of neighbouring Argentina and of Latin America’s largest economy”, said Chilean diplomatic sources.

President Piñera since the beginning of December holds the rotating presidency of the recently created CELAC, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and is expected to have an additional foreign affairs agenda.

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  • O gara

    These meetings are going to be very significant with regard to trade which has been increasing rapidly but also with regard to the Malvinas where the Chilean press has been reporting on one country two systems proposals coming from Santiago.
    Similar to Hong Kong except here with two democracies London and Buenos Aires will agree to a joint ownership over a long period and dual citizenship for the islanders

    Dec 14th, 2011 - 12:36 am 0
  • JuanStanic

    The islanders can easily get it as James Peck did. They were born in Argentine soil.

    In any case, I think cooperation would be a really good thing. The British would save millions in defense, the hate feelings would eventually dissappear. And to be honest, you would profit more being able to use our infrastructure.

    After all, you want to be left alone to live in the Islands in your way. I tell you that it would be a fact. I live in an island and most of the time we do not even appear on news. To be honest the common Argentine is more concerned about you than us. For example, many think we live in igloos and that penguins walk around the streets.

    Dec 14th, 2011 - 01:41 am 0
  • Redhoyt

    O'gaga - the joint sovereignty idea was rejected in the 70's.

    It has no hope of being accepted by the islanders now. Why should it? They have the right to determine their own future and British muscle to back that right up.

    Chile won't go out on a limb for Argentina. Chile doesn't trust Argentina that much !

    Dec 14th, 2011 - 01:50 am 0
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