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“Now I only have to recover Malvinas” says Argentine foreign minister after the milestone Mercosur/EU accord

Saturday, June 29th 2019 - 09:56 UTC
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“Macri's leadership and direct contacts were decisive, despite the global trade disputes, despite protectionism” explained Faurie “Macri's leadership and direct contacts were decisive, despite the global trade disputes, despite protectionism” explained Faurie
Faurie was in permanent contact with president Macri, in Japan, during the discussions in Brussels which ended twenty years of ongoing negotiations Faurie was in permanent contact with president Macri, in Japan, during the discussions in Brussels which ended twenty years of ongoing negotiations

“Now I only have to recover the Malvinas Islands” said Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie, following the trade and association agreement reached on Friday in Brussels between Mercosur and the European Union.

Faurie was in permanent contact with president Macri, in Japan, during the discussions in Brussels which ended twenty years of ongoing negotiations, on and off, and are considered a milestone for Argentina's integration to the world and for the forty years of diplomacy of the foreign minister.

Only a few months ago his days were considered to be coming to an end and even a possible successor was being named in the Buenos Aires media, but at last minute, Macri gave him another chance, and now with the Mercosur/EU accord he has become the hero of the Argentine cabinet, and thus no wonder his reflection, about the recovery of the Falklands as his great other task.

Faurie said that Macri was decisive for the negotiations, “he was our deadly bazooka”, whenever problems emerged, for example with the German auto industry, the president would speak to Chancellor Merkel; when differences with EU farmers Macri would address directly president Macron, the same with Brazilian presidents Temer and Bolsonaro...and he kept doing this while in Japan.

“Macri's leadership and direct contacts were decisive, despite the global trade disputes, despite protectionism and despite the questioning of a multilateral foreign policy” explained Faurie,

In the final stage of negotiations, there were two groups in the EU, one led by Spain's president Pedro Sanchez, who wanted to go ahead, and a second with France and Macron who preferred to freeze sine die discussions, but Macri has the personal WhatsApp of the two and sent them messages, according to Faurie.

“He gets personally involved and manages results”, indicated Faurie. And when it was finally agreed with the EU, “I called the president, and asked they awake him. At first they refused but I insisted and they knocked on the door and had him on the phone, it was really emotional...after so many years”, a trade agreement with the European Union had been reached.

 

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  • Brit Bob

    Argentinian Foreign Ministers have form for making silly comments. Personally the clown Timberhead took a lot of beating.

    Argentina confident of Falklands agreement.

    Argentine Foreign Minister told Reuters Special Correspondent today that the dispute with Britain could be settled, adding 'the British are gentlemen. I think it will be settled in that spirit.' (The Citizen, 6 April 1948).

    Jun 29th, 2019 - 09:47 am +3
  • Roger Lorton

    Why did it take 20 years? Because the peronistas would not play nicely. They may seen be back.

    “... they would consider the violation of a treaty no greater offence than a lie told by schoolboy. With the Bey of Tripoli or the Emperor of Morocco we might for a time maintain unviolated the provisions of a Treaty but with these people if a temporary advantage could be gained they would violate a treaty on the day of its ratification.” (US Envoy Baylies July 24, 1832)

    Jun 29th, 2019 - 10:27 am +3
  • Islander1

    Think - I would agree that lots of Argentines believe crazy stuff about the Islands- simply because they have since late 1940s been taught from pre-school age that there is only one side to the story - and a pretty warped version of that one side at times.
    Classic case was those young lads who came up the beaches here on 2nd April 1982 seriously expecting us to greet them as our liberators from the yoke of colonial imperialism!
    Here we are free to learn all the reality of our history- and Argentine history.

    Glad you can see through the verbiage of Fourie over the trade Agreement though - not exactly there yet!
    If UK somehow ends up staying in the EU though and the Agreement gets finally ratified by all members - there could,then develop an interesting situation over economic and communication embargoes that Arg imposes over the Islands!

    Jun 29th, 2019 - 03:07 pm +3
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