Details have begun to emerge about President Alberto Fernández’s upcoming foreign trip. In the first days of February, the president will begin a new diplomatic tour of Russia, China and Barbados, during which he will meet the three national leaders for talks on trade and international cooperation.
Fernández will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 3, with whom he will share lunch. The following day, he will travel to China, where he will meet Xi Jinping in Beijing, shortly before the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations, which began on February 19, 1972.
These two stops, a well-known secret in diplomatic circles, were confirmed a few days ago by government spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti, who explained that the meeting with Putin would be part of a 48-day stopover. hours in Russia, before the intervention of the Head of State. trip to China to attend the inauguration of the Winter Olympics in that country and to meet the President of the People’s Republic of China.
Moreover, as confirmed Profile On Monday, the President will also make a two-day visit to Barbados for a meeting with Prime Minister Mia Mottley, with whom he is expected to discuss the climate crisis and issues related to CELAC, the Latin American and Caribbean organization that is chaired by Argentina this year.
State news agency Telam reported this week that the delegation accompanying the president will be a “reduced” group due to Covid health restrictions. For this reason, no journalists will travel with the president, unlike previous tours.
The meeting with Putin in Moscow is expected to be one of the highlights of the trip and will be the first face-to-face between the two leaders. In a phone conversation last November, the two leaders agreed to try to arrange a face-to-face meeting as soon as the pandemic allows. On this occasion, the duo spoke about bilateral relations and “cooperation between the two nations” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Argentina was one of the first countries in the world to adopt the use of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine and now produces a local version of the vaccine.
Cerruti previously told reporters that the two will “discuss collaboration on vaccines, investments, science and other issues of common interest” when they meet next.
Although Fernández and Putin had planned to meet at the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, the Russian leader announced 11 days before the summit that he would participate via video conference, postponing those plans.
Activities in China
The original purpose of the trip, Fernández’s visit to China will coincide with the inauguration of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which the Peronist leader is due to attend.
He will also attend a meeting with heads of state while in the Asian nation and his bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping is scheduled for February 5.
Speaking late last year, Cafiero said the talks would focus on trade issues, particularly talks regarding exports and imports.
Argentina wants to strengthen its presence in China and Fernández would like to improve the country’s trade balance.
Last November, the president sent a recorded message to the inauguration of the fourth edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), one of the most important events of the Asian giant. In it, he underlines “the growing recovery of international trade” and calls for “redouble efforts to achieve more open, fair and balanced trade” in order to move closer “to a world in which no one is left behind”. .