In the framework of the beginning of the diplomatic guidelines of the new government, the president, Alberto Fernández, formalized the appointment of Jorge Argüello as Argentina's ambassador to the United States. The relationship with the northern country will be key to negotiations with international creditors and the IMF.
The President thus formalized a permanent work team in Washington with the mission of coordinating policies and actions in relation to the US government. They will also be applied with multilateral and regional institutions based in that country: IMF, World Bank, IDB, UN and OAS.
Fernández convened the first meeting to Ambassador Argüello, a man of his extreme confidence, and to the officials appointed in the multilateral credit agencies: Sergio Chodos (Executive Director of the Southern Cone to the IMF), former Ambassador Cecilia Nahón, (Executive Director Alternates for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay on the Board of Directors of the World Bank) and Guillermo Francos, Executive Director for Argentina and Haiti on the Board of Directors of the IDB.RELATED
The chancellor, Felipe Solá, and the Secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency, Gustavo Béliz, also participated in the meeting.
As it transpired, officials reviewed the status of the bilateral relationship with the United States; the strategy to follow in terms of renegotiation of the external debt; the situation of Argentina's portfolio in multilateral banks; the analysis of the 2020 agenda in the OAS and the UN; and the work plan of our country on the way to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the G20 to be held in November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The official designation is given in an adverse context for the region. The State Department of the nation commanded by Donald Trump comes from endorsing the coup that overthrew the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. In addition, the pro-opposition US position in Venezuela is known, prey to endless conflicts that weaken the administration of Nicolás Maduro.
Contrary to these two cases, the United States did not rule on the social outbreak in Chile, where the neoliberal government of Sebastián Piñera is denounced for multiple human rights violations. In that regional board Argentina must be inserted, which will have to face arduous negotiations with important actors of the US financial system.