In Washington they say that Donald Trump plans to receive Jair Bolsonaro this Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, the luxury resort that makes an alternative residence in Florida, and that it has also become the center of receptions for foreign leaders to whom he President of the United States wants to please.
The meeting between Trump and Bolsonaro, which would be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O ‘Brien, according to the Bloomberg news agency, also represents a message of great importance to the government of Alberto Fernández, who He is looking for his own appointment with the Republican. This has been said in fact, the ambassador in Washington, Jorge Argüello.
Two are the immediate events that cross the Argentine government for the eventual appointment with Trump de Bolsonaro, whose economy presents difficulties: Brazil will present its own candidate to preside over the Inter-American Development Bank, which will compete as a crush on Gustavo Béliz, the secretary of Strategic Affairs of Alberto F. and who years ago harbors the desire to command the agency where he already held a high position. So far, as this newspaper anticipated, Béliz has the support of the Mexican government Andres Manuel López Obrador, but not from Brazil or the United States. It is these two vital supports that the Argent ine needs.
The best positioned candidate, Clarín de Fuentes knew in Brasilia, is Marcos Troyjo, a prestigious diplomat who is currently Special Secretary of Foreign Trade and International Affairs. At the same time, it transpired that Minister Paulo Guedes would also consider the incumbent María Silvia Bastos, executive of Goldman Sachs.
The other key issue is the election of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), which will be decided on March 20. A high foreign source in Washington told Clarín on Friday that if Brazil and the United States achieve the re-election of Uruguayan Luis Almagro, Argentina will be in an awkward position.
Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and surely the new government of Luis Lacalle Pou would be in train to support Almagro, who is distanced from Alberto F. On the other hand, Argentina decided to send as a political representative to the OAS mission, to the lawyer and political leader Carlos Raimundi, who showed in his presentation of documents before the Senate, that he has a more combative vision on issues such as Venezuela, in line with the accusations made by President Nicolás Maduro.
The Argentine president has already said that he is not going to vote for Almagro, whose management recently criticized for a confusing report from an American institute that gave his opinion on the elections in Bolivia. “The report disseminated (by the MIT) criticizes with singular hardness, for its inconsistency, the audit carried out at that time by the OAS, which concluded in affirming the existence of irregularities in the election that is now claimed,” said Alberto Fernández on Twitter . But then the institute and the OAS maintained a confusing counterpoint.
The truth is that Almagro was critical of the elections of Evo Morales while Alberto F. gave him political refuge. Last Sunday, Foreign Minister Felipe Solá and his Mexican couple Marcelo Ebrard agreed in Montevideo that their candidate is the former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, close at the time to former President Rafael Correa. The third candidate is the Peruvian Hugo de Zela. Argentina did not pronounce itself officially.
Then, if the appointment between the two allies on Saturday, Trump and Bolsonaro, would also be exposed the differences of Argentina with the United States and Brazil in: how to face the crisis in Bolivia (the government of Alberto F. no longer accompanies the communiqués of the Lima group) – and the OAS Secretary General, among others.
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