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Former Argentine FM questions foreign policy based on grievances

Buenos Aires, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Former Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero accused on Monday President Javier Milei of promoting a foreign policy based on grievance, and warned of its negative impact on economic and diplomatic relations.

The former FM’s statements come after Milei offended the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and his wife, Begoña Gomez, after which the country recalled its Ambassador to Buenos Aires Maria Jesus Alonso, for consultations and demanded a public apology.

In the last five months we fought with China, Brazil, Spain, Colombia and Mexico, and left the BRICS group. Milei’s foreign policy is costing Argentina dearly, Cafiero pointed out.

Joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa plus Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates) paved the way for us to join the New Development Bank. This meant a great possibility of financing, he said.

Cafiero also recalled that Spain is a strategic partner and the second largest foreign investor in Argentina, with over 300 companies that generate more than 100,000 direct jobs.

Hence, during our government we renewed the Strategic Partnership Plan for the 2021-2023 term, he said, referring to the administration of Alberto Fernandez (2019-2023).

On the other hand, he detailed that, in 2022, by joining the Silk Road and Belt initiative, this country strengthened ties with China and obtained financing for works for USD$23.7 billion.

In addition, he indicated that Milei’s list of insults also included Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, ‘president of the second largest economy in Latin America.’