Former Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá said Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Pou's “main objective” was “to show his contempt for Argentina” after a group of lawmakers visited the Falkland Islands together with the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Montevideo Faye O'Connor.
The former Governor of Buenos Aires also said on social media that the Uruguayan authorities were betraying the legacy of [Uruguayan Independence hero José Gervasio] Artigas when Malvinas fishing boats and airplanes use Montevideo on a daily basis.
Solá also highlighted that he allegedly rose the issue during a meeting between Lacalle Pou and Argentine President Alberto Fernández at the Olivos Presidential residence while he still was the country's chief diplomat.
Lacalle Pou's main objective is to show his contempt for Argentina”, expressed Solá through Twitter regarding a Jan. 23 trip of four deputies of the government coalition to the Falkland Islands, following an invitation from the United Kingdom.
Lacalle Pou tiene como principal objetivo mostrar su desprecio por Argentina. Es una provocación a un reclamo que siempre compartieron. Pesqueros y aviones de Malvinas usan Montevideo cotidianamente. Se lo reclamé personalmente en Olivos en 2021. Traicionan el legado de Artigas. pic.twitter.com/NtY8qxPo8k— Felipe Solá (@felipe_sola) February 17, 2023
In his posting, Solá shared a note from an Argentine website Agenda Malvinas, which points out that during their visit the Uruguayan lawmakers supported the self-determination of the Kelpers.
They also talked about fishing, trade association and about the benefits of agreements outside Mercosur, the article read.
On Jan. 23, a delegation made up of Deputies Pedro Jisdonian, of the National Party, Felipe Schipani, of the Colorado Party, Luis González, of the Independent Party, and Silvana Pérez Bonavita, of Cabildo Abierto, left for the Islands in the company of British Ambassador Faye O'Connor.
Consulted by Subrayado, Schipani said Solá's statements were nonsense as they came from a former minister who seeks prominence after being ostracized for a few months. Schipani also denied that the delegation visiting the Falklands supported the self-determination of the Islanders and wanted direct flights to and from Montevideo.
Solá was Foreign Minister under Alberto Fernández until Sept. 2021.
The article quoted by Solá also mentioned the dream of possible direct flights between Montevideo and the Falklands and mentioned the collaborationism of the Uruguayan right wing in favor of the British colonial advance in the maritime and insular territory of Argentina in the South Atlantic.
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Poor little Argies, getting upset yet again, wipe away your tears,Feb 21st, 2023 - 09:08 am +6
Why wouldn't he show contempt ?Feb 21st, 2023 - 11:17 am +5
@brasileiroFeb 21st, 2023 - 09:49 pm +4
Argentina is little more than the bed-wetting baby sister of Paraguay.