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Argentine President welcomes Chilean colleague with whom he shares many views

Monday, April 4th 2022 - 20:23 UTC
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“I believe we are going to have very good relations with Alberto,” Boric said “I believe we are going to have very good relations with Alberto,” Boric said

Argentine President Alberto Fernández Monday welcomed his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric Font at the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. It was the visiting head of state's first trip abroad since taking office on March 11.

Fernández and Boric reportedly share many views on a large assortment of issues. For his inauguration, Fernández gave Boric a vinyl record of his private collection and the Chilean leader has posted on social media videos of himself playing it.

And then there is also a mutual understanding regarding Argentina's claim over the Falkland Islands: Back in 2013 when a younger Boric would not even dream of running for President, he stood up to then-British Ambassador to Santiago Jon Benjamin on Twitter and said “Malvinas, Viejo, Malvinas Argentinas,” (Malvinas, man; Argentine Malvinas) replied the then 27-year old student leader who made his stance clear regarding sovereignty over the archipelago. Benjamin had referred to the South Atlantic islands as “Falklands” when posting on Twitter in Spanish.

Once again Monday when arriving at Casa Rosada, Boric spoke of a “complicity” with the Frente de Todos (FdT) administration. “We believe that we have to work together a lot, encourage investment in economic matters, but also in cultural exchange, political support, and recover the voice of Latin America in world forums,” he went on. “I believe we are going to have very good relations with Alberto and this will be ratified in the agreements we sign.”

Following the one-on-one private meeting between the two heads of state, other activities ensued with the presence of members of both countries' ministerial cabinets.

On behalf of Argentina,

The Argentine team included Ministers Santiago Cafiero (Foreign Affairs), Jorge Taiana (Defense); Martín Guzmán (Economy); Tristán Bauer (Culture), and Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta (Women, Genders and Diversity) in addition to Secretaries Gustavo Béliz (IStrategic Affairs); Horacio Pietragalla Corti (Human Rights) and Darío Martínez (Energy) as well as Buenos Aires' Ambassador to Santiago, Rafael Bielsa.

Fernández and Boric signed a series of agreements at the Casa Rosada's Bicentennial Museum, while Gómez Alcorta and her Chilean counterpart set up an accord regarding cooperation in Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

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In the afternoon, Boric was to visit the National Congress, where he was to be welcomed by Lower House Speaker Sergio Massa, and the Provisional Speaker of the Senate, Claudia Ledesma Abdala.

Boric was then to meet with Supreme Court Justices Carlos Rosenkrantz, Juan Carlos Maqueda, and Ricardo Lorenzetti, together with Chilean Supreme Court Chief Justice Juan Fuentes.

In the evening, Fernández and Boric will attend a cultural show at the Kirchner Cultural Center, followed by a gala dinner.

Boric's agenda for Tuesday includes the opening of the business forum of the Argentina-Chile Trade Committee at the Foreign Ministry, which will be attended by about 50 businessmen from both countries.

The Chilean President is also scheduled to stop by the Human Rights Museum (Espacio para la Memoria y para la Promoción y Defensa de Los Derechos Humanos, which functions on the premises of the former Navy's School of Mechanics (ESMA), which was turned into a clandestine detention center during the military dictatorship (1976-1983). On that site, he will meet Buscarita Roa, a member of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, of Chilean origin.

The Presidential tour will end with a meeting with Chilean residents in Argentina at the embassy in Buenos Aires.

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  • Pugol-H

    Actually, occupied Patagonia has a border running the complete length of it, along the line of the Andes.

    A totally artificial construct of the implanted population squatting there today.

    However the legitimate territory of Wallmapu has no such border.

    Free Wallmapu, arm the Mapuche, one planter one bullet.

    Apr 05th, 2022 - 02:20 pm +1
  • Trimonde

    Once again very interesting to see MercoPress' “selective” editing process. It seems they skipped right over the attention grabbing moment in which Gabriel Boric stated emphatically on two occasions by raising his voice, his unwavering allegiance to Argentina's Malvinas cause, and made sure no one in the room had any doubts on whose side of the issue he stood. Considering he is Chile's president, you would think MercoPress would consider important to underline the significance of the tone and manner used by Boric to declare internationally his position regarding, as the English language calls them, “the Falklands”.

    Apr 04th, 2022 - 09:48 pm 0
  • Trimonde

    He's a very confident and robust leader. I like that he has no qualms about what he wants to say. I think Argentinians are just slightly, perhaps positively, taken back by him, trying to reposition their feelings before they become anything definable. A moment I always fear, as I already know them and know they will inevitably find a little open door through which to start letting out their voice of dissent and criticism... like all cultures do I suppose. But oh well! We will as always, see what comes out in the wash with time.
    I however have already found my two cents of disappointment in the very last answer he gave the last question that was made to him regarding territorial disputes. I was assuming or hoping perhaps he would have said something more refreshingly new or at least constructive, but he kind of semi-entrenched himself, instead of saying something like “I'm sure we'll find a good solution in a form that no one would have expected us to arrive at”, but instead my innocence was lost when I saw “the politician's strategy” suddenly rear its head from within the up until then youthful figure. I have noticed though he does not tend to mention nor insinuate “unity language” like the Peronists, Lula or Mojica might. He talks more about “forms of closer ties, bonds, and exchanges”. That's just something I notice as I am someone who's for the unification of the Iberian continent. Anyways, let's hope for the best; they sure got a lot of people's attention all over the America's now, and undoubtedly a lot of people's hope for something good to happen in a big way... as well as a lot of people's worry in other places ;-)

    Apr 05th, 2022 - 12:47 am 0
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