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Kirchnerite old hands back in the foreign ministry; Argüello ambassador in US and Bielsa in Chile

Monday, January 13th 2020 - 09:58 UTC
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Jorge Argüello, a close ally of Alberto Fernandez has been appointed ambassador in Washington and coordinator of all the different Argentine representatives Jorge Argüello, a close ally of Alberto Fernandez has been appointed ambassador in Washington and coordinator of all the different Argentine representatives
Former foreign minister Rafael Bielsa will head the Argentine embassy in Chile Former foreign minister Rafael Bielsa will head the Argentine embassy in Chile
Kirchner's ex Minister of Justice, Alberto Iribarne will look after Argentine affairs in Montevideo Kirchner's ex Minister of Justice, Alberto Iribarne will look after Argentine affairs in Montevideo

Kirchnerite old hands are back at the Argentine ministry of foreign affairs and worship. The most outstanding is Jorge Argüello who was appointed ambassador in Washington but at the same time coordinator of other appointments in the different multilateral and regional organizations in the US capital, such as IMF, World Bank, Inter American Development Bank and the OAS.

Argüello is a lawyer and belongs to a close circle of friends which are most loyal to president Alberto Fernandez. He will also be the contact man with the G20 group and heads of state summit scheduled for later this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Under Kirchner administrations he was also ambassador before the United Nations, Portugal and the United States, and has been a strong promoter world wide of the Malvinas Question. Previous, during and after the 2013 referendum when the Falklands overwhelming voted to remain as a British Overseas Territory, Argúello travelled the world, denying the validity of the consultation but also saying that British Forces in the Islands were there to make sure the Islanders don't escape to Argentina and that they were forced to vote to remain British at gun point.

The other appointments are Cecilia Nahón as alternate Executive Director at the World Bank Board in representation of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Ms. Nahón is an economist, former Argentine ambassador before the US government; head of economic relations at the foreign ministry, former sherpa at G20 and head of G20 model program; consultant of international organizations and professor at the American University in Washington.

Segio Chodos, is a lawyer, former member of the Argentine central bank board, former Finance Secretary and former Executive Director for the Southern Cone in the IMF.

Guillermo Francos, will represent Argentina and Haiti at the Board of the Inter American Development Bank.

As mentioned above Argüello as ambassador in Washington will be responsible for coordinating the different appointments in the US capital which will face crucial negotiations on Argentine sovereign debt in coming weeks.

Other appointments include the former foreign minister Rafael Bielsa as ambassador in Chile. Bielsa is the brother of Marcelo Bielsa, coach of the English football team of Leeds. They have a sister, architect, Maria Eugenia Bielsa who was sentimentally linked to president Alberto Fernandez for several years and has been appointed Housing minister in the cabinet of her former companion.

The next ambassador in Chile, currently works for the Corporacion America, which belongs to Eduardo Eunerkian, the millionaire who helped finance the Argentine Memorial in the Falklands and paid for the next of kin trips to the Islands.

Former Kirchner Justice minister Alberto Iribarne (2005/07) and a very close ally of president Alberto Fernandez has been appointed ambassador in Montevideo, and the former governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli, ambassador before the Brazilian government. Former Labor minister Carlos Tomada, will head the Argentine embassy in Mexico.

Iribarne in 2007 was to be named ambassador in the Vatican but was rejected since he is divorced. Ex Chaco governor, ambassador in Paraguay and Sergio Urribarri, former Entre Rios province governor, ambassador in Israel.

Under Argentine law, the president can appoint up to 25 political ambassadors, that is non professional diplomats. .

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