A few minutes before midnight Friday, Buenos Aires time, a Royal Air Force transport with Prime Minister Theresa May landed at Ezeiza airport. Mrs May is the first serving UK prime minister to visit the capital Buenos Aires, and the second to travel to Argentina, after Tony Blair in 2001.
An Argentine charter is scheduled to land in the Falkland Islands this Sunday carrying the plaques (tombstones) with the names of the 88 now identified Argentine soldiers buried in the Darwin cemetery following a DNA forensic identification process during last year, led by the International Red Cross.
Argentine Senate president Federico Pinedo called on the British government ”to sit down and discuss all issues (of the bilateral agenda) including the Malvinas dispute”, and should also make a greater effort in improving its relations with Latin America, according to a statement from DYN news agency.
The entire political spectrum will join forces behind newly-appointed Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie as new appeal for UK to discuss sovereignty is expected to be launched.
The speaker of the Argentine Senate, Federico Pinedo, described the multi-party lawmakers delegation visit to the UK as “very positive” since issues of the bilateral agenda were addressed, including Argentina's historic claim over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty.
Argentine lawmakers visiting the UK proposed “generating a space of confidence between Argentina and the UK, and between Argentina and the Islanders, so that in the future a good faith discussion” on the Malvinas Islands sovereignty can be addressed. Likewise additional flights to the Falklands must at some point call in Argentina.
Boosting trade, credit rating, fighting corruption, were among the issues discussed on Monday by the Argentine delegation of all-party lawmakers visiting the UK. Falklands, additional flights and hydrocarbons in the South Atlantic are scheduled to be addressed on Tuesday when the members of Congress meet with Foreign office minister Sir Ian Duncan, said Federico Pinedo, Senate whip and head of the delegation.
A delegation of Argentine lawmakers will be visiting UK beginning Monday invited by the Inter Parliamentary Union, IPU, British chapter, with the purpose of establishing closer links at legislative level with their peers.
The Argentine president posted his congratulations for Donald Trump as president-elect of the United States on his Twitter account. Malcorra wants quick transition. I congratulate @realDonaldTrump on his triumph and I hope we can work together for the good of our peoples, Macri said.
Senate provisional president Federico Pinedo pointed out on Monday that Argentina did not sign any agreement or treaty with Britain referred to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, but rather “a statement” for the “joint creation of value” in the South Atlantic in “all kinds of activities”.