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Florencia Kirchner's “nanny” in Cuba rewarded with Argentine embassy in UK

Monday, June 22nd 2020 - 10:15 UTC
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Javier Figueroa is a lawyer, professional diplomat who has been in Havana since 2018.  Javier Figueroa is a lawyer, professional diplomat who has been in Havana since 2018.
During 2019 he had two distinguished visitors in Havana, Florencia Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez During 2019 he had two distinguished visitors in Havana, Florencia Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez

Javier Figueroa, currently head of the Argentine embassy in Cuba has been appointed as the next ambassador in the United Kingdom, and according to Clarin is an expert on Malvinas affairs. His time in Havana coincided with Cristina Fernandez daughter Florencia Kirchner medical internment, which impeded her from travelling back to Argentina.

Figueroa is described as a professional diplomat, named to the post by ex president Macri, and who also spent time as member of the Argentine embassy staff in London between 1998 and 2005. He will replace ambassador Renato Sersale who is retiring from diplomacy.

According to Clarin, the appointment of Figueroa coincides with the current Argentine government aggressive rhetoric claiming sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, and for example suspending joint interest measures such as the exchange of fisheries data and even joint scientific cruises. This apparently has also reflected in bilateral trade which continues to fall and only reached US$ 812 million last year.

Figueroa apparently has managed to handle the deep gap between the Kirchnerite and Macri governments and was named to Cuba in 2018, before he has been in South Africa. And his time in Cuba coincided with that of Florencia, under medical treatment for over a year, 2019, in Havana and the repeated visits of her mother Cristina Fernandez to the island. Mother and daughter flew back to Buenos Aires last March when Argentina had already imposed a no flights policy because of the coronavirus quarantine.

The next Argentine ambassador in London, is a lawyer from the Buenos Aires University Law School and entered the diplomatic service in 1995 after finishing his Foreign Service studies. Before going overseas, Figueroa worked at the Malvinas and South Atlantic Desk.

Finally Clarin recalls that London still remembers the performance and non diplomatic extravagant attitudes of the last Kirchnerite ambassador in the UK, Alicia Castro, ex union chief of Aerolineas stewardesses, and currently ambassador in Moscow.

 

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  • Pugol-H

    “an expert on Malvinas affairs”.

    What does that mean? He is an expert in the Argy version of history, or he closely follows the doings of the FIG.

    The latter must be very frustrating for him, watching events from afar, with no control or even influence of any kind, over anything.

    After all they don’t even talk about shared fish stocks now.

    Probably don't get a Christmas card from the Islands now either.

    Must be an avid reader of Penguin News.

    Jun 27th, 2020 - 05:37 pm +2
  • Don Alberto

    The appointment of Figueroa will indubitably make the Falkland Islanders wish to reduce their GDP/person to 1/5 of the present and demand to become inhabitants of a failed state in technical default.

    Jun 22nd, 2020 - 09:25 am 0
  • Don Alberto

    He may not get a christmas card from the far away islands, but perhaps he will send them a fresh load of Winnie the Pooh books?

    Jun 27th, 2020 - 09:54 pm 0
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