Argentine President Alberto Fernández held a lunch on Wednesday with Michael G. Kozak, deputy secretary of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US State Department. It was a meeting of almost two hours that the Casa Rosada described as “very positive” and where the envoy of President Donald Trump was willing to let the United States help Argentina in the negotiations for the restructuring of the debt with the IMF; The need to strengthen bilateral relations and also the political situation in the region was mentioned.
Apparently, the meeting took place in a climate of such good harmony that the Trump administration transferred an invitation to the national government to Fernández on December 17 in Washington and, according to a statement from the Casa Rosada, “the Argentine president committed to the Argentine presence in an event linked to oil ”.
In the official message conveyed by the Presidency, Fernández and Kozak "agreed to create a permanent consultation system to work in coordination between both countries, during the meeting that took place this afternoon at the Casa Rosada." It was also noted that the State Department official praised the speech that the Argentine president offered yesterday before the Legislative Assembly and transmitted the same concepts about the “support” for the negotiation with the IMF that President Donald Trump had told him during the telephone conversation they had a few weeks ago.RELATED
As Infobae mentioned sources from the Argentine government who were at lunch, Fernandez's meeting with the US secretary of state was held "in the middle of a very relaxed climate and where gestures of very good predisposition abounded." At the same time, they clarified that during the meeting “the decision of Mauricio Claver, presidential advisor and director of National Security for the Western Hemisphere, to leave the country in advance was not addressed. He had come to Argentina for the oath and left earlier because in the Congress hall and in the Casa Rosada they gave the Chavez dictatorship Jorge Rodríguez broad reception.
In this sense, in the Government they remarked anyway that the President “owns to invite Argentina to whoever he wants”. But it was sought to emphasize that this issue was not touched on Fernandez's lunch with Kozack. This White House official is Donald Trump's main advisor for Latin America and one of those who best understand the region. In the previous one, the expectation of the high-level diplomatic delegation was total regarding the meeting that took place with the Argentine president.
Also after the lunch that was held in the Hall of Scientists, and to which the President arrived with 20 minutes of delay because he was greeting the employees of the Casa Rosada, the decision of the United States to collaborate and “give support” was mentioned ”To Argentina in its negotiation for the debt with the IMF. Washington has a relevant seat on the board of that international organization and in fact it was Trump, during the administration of Mauricio Macri, who promoted a loan of USD 55,000 million in record time.
"Kozak met with President Fernández today to continue working on strengthening the bilateral relationship on issues of interest to both countries and the region," the US Embassy in Argentina reported, while the meal was being held at the Casa Rosada. The meeting was attended by the ambassador in Buenos Aires, Edward C. Prado, the political advisor Chris Andino and the advisor Mariju Bofill. Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, Secretary of Strategic Affairs Gustavo Béliz and Jorge Argüello – probably future ambassador to Washington – accompany the head of state. However, something changed in the initial procession arranged by Washington. Mauricio Claver, presidential advisor and director of National Security for the Western Hemisphere was part of it.
Before lunch at La Rosada, there was high expectation for the meeting after the disappointment at the presence of the Chavez dictatorship minister Jorge Rodríguez. Claver gave up attending the protocol events at the Congress and at the Casa Rosada and decided to return to the United States. He decided after knowing the invitation that had been issued by the incoming Argentine administration to one of the most important men in the intimate circle of Nicolás Maduro.
Diplomatic sources assured Infobae that close associates of the new International Relations Minister Felipe Solá had assured his American peers that Rodriguez would not enter the country. Even the environment of the new chancellor had informed that there was another "Rodriguez" who would attend the jura. They talked about Héctor Rodríguez, governor of Miranda.
The violation of this treaty and the affront to Claver generated disappointment not only in the Trump delegation, but also in other countries that until December 9 felt allies of Argentina. An obvious malaise spread to those foreign ministers who signed the minutes last December 3 and saw how Buenos Aires breached his word. "What was signed was binding, there was no reason for such an act," said a diplomat who preferred to keep his name.
But the North American delegation did not stop only in the arrival of Rodriguez, but also in the first "messages" they received from the Casa Rosada in the initial hours of their management. Fernández's first private audience was addressed to the president of the Cuban dictatorship, Miguel Díaz-Canel, with whom he was smiling in official photographs. "During the meeting the heads of state stressed the importance of increasing the exchange of remedies and food, with special emphasis on generic drugs for older adults," the Government said in an official statement. Maybe Díaz-Canel wants to implement the controversial plan of Cuban Doctors in Argentina.
The other meetings that attracted attention were those carried out by Cristina Kirchner along with envoys from Russia and China. According to presidential sources, they aimed to strengthen ties with both powers. The meetings took place in the new office that the former president has in the Senate. There he received the special envoy of President XI Jinping and vice president of the Standing Committee of the National People's Assembly, Arken Imirbaki; to the Chinese ambassador to Argentina Zou Xiaoli and Lan Hu, deputy director general of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Foreign Ministry.
Second, the head of the Upper House met with the Russian delegation composed of the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation and chairman of the Committee of International Affairs of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Kosachev; the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Argentine Republic, Dmitry Feoktistov and Oleg Khodyrev, deputy head of the Office of the International Affairs Committee of the Federal Council.
American diplomacy was confused about the messages they received in the last hours. They believe that Fernández's foreign policy could be marked by the rapprochement he showed with Cuba, Venezuela, China and Russia, which contradicts the requests for help they have expressed publicly and privately.