Santiago Cafiero met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to unblock negotiations with the IMF

Santiago Cafiero together with the Secretary of State, Antony Bilinken

Santiago Cafiero has been meeting since 3:00 p.m. Argentine time in Washington with the Secretary of the United States Department of State, Antony Blinken, with whom he will analyze different aspects of the bilateral agenda, on key days for the negotiations of the national government with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the debt of 44,000 million dollars contracted with that multilateral credit organization during the administration of Mauricio Macri, in 2018. The conclave takes place in the Thomas Jefferson room.

The chancellor He also plans a meeting with the president of the House of Representatives, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Cafiero arrived in the United States on Monday, where he was received by the Argentine ambassador to that country, Jorge Argüello. Both will participate in the conclave with Blinken, with whom they hope to approach positions to advance in the negotiations with the Fund, in charge of the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán.

On that first day of work, Cafiero met with the representatives of Argentina before the multilateral organizations, headed by Sergio Chodos.

Alberto Fernández with Joe Biden
Alberto Fernández with Joe Biden

Argüello published on his social networks the welcome to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Alberto Fernández and underlined the “intense agenda” that will be deployed with the State Department and the authorities of the United States government.

“The meeting with Secretary Blinken to address the rich and diverse bilateral agenda will mark a step forward in the relationship,” of the presidents Alberto Fernández and of the United States, Joe Biden, added Argüello, who is another of Fernández’s officials who has been holding first-level political meetings in the face of the renegotiation of the debt with the IMF.

According to what the presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruti, had pointed out last week, the agreement with the body chaired by the Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva “is not only an economic issue” and, therefore, not only the Minister of Economy participates in this negotiation , Martín Guzmán, who conducts meetings “permanently”, but also Ambassador Argüello, on behalf of the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

Cerruti anticipated on that occasion that the meeting “will be to carry out other types of meetings that have to do with the geopolitical discussion and between States about the next agreement (with the IMF)”, among other topics.

”Argentina has already presented its proposal (to the multilateral credit organization) and is waiting, it is now in the hands of the IMF to try to give the answer as quickly as possible”, Cerruti said last Thursday at his usual press conference at Government House.

Nichols' post on Ortega's inauguration
Nichols’ post on Ortega’s inauguration

Also in Cafiero’s conclave with Blinken will be Brian Nichols, undersecretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, who deals with all issues related to Latin America. It was Nichols who wrote a very harsh criticism on his networks after the assumption of Daniel Ortega, with an allusion to the Iranian Mohsen Rezai, who has a red alert from Interpol because he is one of those accused of the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) on July 18, 1994.

“At his ‘inauguration,’ Ortega-Murillo was accompanied by @DiazCanelB @NicolasMaduro and Mohsen Rezaei, an Iranian implicated in the AMIA attack in Argentina. The hemisphere cannot look the other way while Ortega-Murillo undermine regional democracy and security,” he stated in his official account. A fact that is not minor on the eve of this visit to the State Department. In that act in Managua, the Argentine ambassador in the Central American country, Daniel Capitanich, participated, who did not denounce the presence of the Iranian so that he could be arrested.

Cafiero must explain the attitude adopted by the Government he heads Alberto Fernández in Nicaragua and also that the upcoming trips by the Argentine head of state to Russia and China do not imply an automatic alignment with the presidents of those nations, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jimping.

That closeness with the Chinese leader causes uncertainty in the Oval Office. The White House considers him a global adversary, and the United States declared a political boycott of the Winter Olympics, which will take place from February 4 in Beijing.

In full negotiation with the IMF, the eventual presence of Alberto Fernández at Xi’s side causes -at least- uncertainty in the Oval Office. As will happen with Putin, Cafiero will explain that Xi supports the government with foreign currency, vaccines and investments, and that the President has not yet decided to sign the Silk Road, a geopolitical initiative that worries Biden -a lot-.


Alberto Fernández remains expectant for Cafiero’s meeting with Blinken and adjusts the details of the presentation in Washington
Cristina Kirchner received Martín Guzmán at her home to talk about the negotiation with the IMF

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