Biden invites Argentine president to travel to Washington in July

This content was published on Jun 02 2022 – 04:23

Washington, June 1 (EFE). The President of the United States, Joe Biden, invited his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernandez, to travel to Washington in July to address issues of “human rights, food insecurity, climate change, energy, and technology.” innovation, and essential supply chains.”

The memo, which does not provide details on possible dates, refers to the conversation the two presidents had after Fernandez confirmed he would attend the Summit of the Americas, which will be held this month in Los Angeles (California).

“The (US) president invited President Fernandez to visit Washington in July to take advantage of the active engagement between the United States and Argentina on bilateral, regional and global issues,” the statement said.

The memo adds that Biden assured Fernandez that “the United States’ relationship with the rest of the continent is based on partnership, mutual respect, and the common goal of promoting environmental and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Official Argentine sources had previously confirmed to Efe that Fernandez sent a letter to the Organizing Committee of the Western Hemisphere meeting on Wednesday morning to confirm his participation in the summit to be held in the United States from June 6-10.

“In addition, this afternoon Biden called the president and they spoke for 25 minutes,” Argentine government sources added.

Confirmation of Fernandez’s attendance of the meeting in Los Angeles and dialogue with Biden comes after the Argentine president himself received, last Thursday, Christopher Dodd, the special advisor to the United States government for the Ninth Summit of the Americas.

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After that meeting, Dodd emphasized the “strength” of the US-Argentina relationship, built on a “shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity” and was “optimistic” of Fernandez’s “active” participation in the summit as a “regional leader”.

Previously, the Argentine government had publicly questioned the possibility that the United States would exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from the countries invited to the Summit of the Americas, something that also caused inconvenience to other Latin American governments. EFE

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