Argentine President Mauricio Macri defended the trade agreement of Mercosur with the European Union, as part of his government's strategy to open Argentina to the world, demanded Iran cooperates with the judicial system to help clear the 1994 AMIA attack in Buenos Aires, condemned the Venezuelan dictatorship of president Nicolas Maduro and called on the United Kingdom for dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute, although reaffirming his country's “legitimate and imprescriptible sovereignty rights” over the South Atlantic Islands.
On delivering his speech before the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York, probably for the last time,. Macri said that his government's route has been to play a constructive role in the confrontation of global challenges, searching for consensus and collective action, convinced that the world if far more an opportunity than a threat.
Macri affirmed he was convinced that to grow and develop and enjoy the life we Argentines deserve, we must further integrate to the world, and display all our efforts and talent. I know we can do it, it only depends on us.
The Argentine president said that since taking office in 2015, he has been determined to leave behind a chapter of confrontation with the world and to develop an intelligent international insertion, in a complex global context in which Argentina opted for responsibility and to make a substantial effort to strengthen multilateralism.
Macri then demanded Iran's cooperation with Argentine judicial officials to advance in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA attack, and insisting that all those involved in the planning and execution of the attack, are taken to Argentine courts to face trial and eventually condemned.
We Argentines continue to suffer from the impunity of the attacks on the Israeli embassy in 1992 and the Jewish community association, AMIA in 1994. and confirmed Argentina's commitment and determination to combat terrorism is stronger than ever.
Macri also called on the United Kingdom to resume bilateral negotiations that will help find a peaceful and definitive solution to the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty dispute. And again reaffirmed the legitimate and imprescriptible sovereignty rights of Argentina over the Malvinas and South Atlantic islands and their adjoining maritime spaces.
However, Macri also praised the new relations' framework with the UK, and thus the conditions to keep advancing towards an understanding and a solution. The president underlined the accord which enabled the identification of most Argentine soldiers buried at the Argentine military cemetery in Darwin, Falklands, paying off a historic debt with their relatives and loved ones
As to the Mercosur/EU trade treaty, the Argentine president said it was unprecedented for both blocks because it will enable us to boost trade, investments, cooperation with a positive impact on the life quality of our people.
Finally, Macri again repudiated the regime of Nicolas Maduro underlining that the Venezuelan dictatorship has condemned the country in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.