More than five thousand kilometers away, a leader who is not part of the government, but who knows the movements of the White House surprises by appointing Sergio Berni to explain why Joe Biden receives Alberto Fernández in full electoral and internal discussion. “It has to do with what Berni said, the President is not dead,” she launches. The head of state arrived in Washington on Tuesday to meet with his counterpart from the United States in a bilateral meeting to which Argentina will arrive in search of support in the discussion over numbers with the International Monetary Fund. On the other hand, the link with China will appear in the conversation.
The head of state will obtain this Wednesday a photo that had been truncated eight months ago when Biden was infected with coronavirus. “We did not go to knock on the door,” says the President. The meeting comes after several conversations led by the Argentine government, Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and the ambassador, Jorge Argüello. But the truth is that the date on which the American sent the formal Invitation was surprising.
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“Why does Biden receive Fernández in full discussion for the lists when there is a sector of the ruling party itself asking the President not to compete and surveys that show Together for Change winning?”, PROFILE asks a leader who is not part of the government but who maintains ties with the Argentine administration and who knows the movements of the White House. He uses a phrase by Sergio Berni to explain it. The Buenos Aires security minister acknowledged that Fernández was not politically dead. And that’s what Joe Biden sees. “A country without imbalances and with stability when the region creaks is convenient for him. Biden got nods from Fernández every time he needed it and he knows that he can work with this administration without great counterpoints ”.
In the Argentine government they know that they owe a lot to Biden in the agreement with the International Monetary Fund when the United States Treasury Department refused to endorse it. Now there will be room for one more request: flight attendants. These additional charges made by the international organization were discovered by Martín Guzmán in full negotiation and since then the government has asked that they be removed. “Biden has already fought an important internal battle by asking to approve the agreement, we have to see if he is also willing to put up this fight,” they acknowledge from Argentina.
Sergio Massa joins the presidential entourage that will meet with Joe Biden
The consequences of climate change will be another important issue to be discussed. Fernández will talk about the losses already caused by the drought in Argentina, perhaps also in search of new support from the United States in the discussion with the IMF.
The importance that Biden will want to give to the meeting has to do with the minutes that he will allocate to the meeting and who will accompany the US head of state. The estimated time will be 90 minutes. This will include Biden’s one-on-one meeting with Fernández, the statement to the press, and the meeting with the rest of the officials in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
In diplomatic jargon, the bilateral has the format 1+8. That is to say: the President and 8 of his officials. At one point it was believed that Sergio Massa could have a strong leading role in this match, but it will be one more. It will be necessary to pay attention to who Biden feels in the meeting and, precisely, Massa’s pair is the most important figure and the one that is in doubt.
Opposite the leader of the Renewal Front should sit Janet Yellen. “That is the ideal table for Argentina. If instead of Yellen there is Jake Sullivan, that would also be a nice gesture from the White House.”
Alberto Fernández will arrive at the White House with Santiago Cafiero (Foreign Minister), Sergio Massa (Minister of Economy), Aníbal Fernández (Minister of Security), Gabriela Cerruti (Presidential Spokesperson), Julio Vitobello (General Secretary of the Presidency), Jorge Arguello ( Argentine Ambassador to the United States), Luciana Tito (Chief of the Foreign Ministry Cabinet) and Leonardo Madcur (Head of the Economy Cabinet).
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In the presidential delegation they have not yet received official confirmation of who will be on the other side with Biden. These would be Jack Sullivan (Senior National Security Adviser), Antony Blinken (Secretary of State), Juan González (National Security Adviser for Latin America), Christopher Dood (Presidential Adviser for Latin America) and Marc Stanley (United States Ambassador to Argentina).
With the unknown about the presence of Yellen, the figure of Sullivan becomes relevant and is the second most anticipated by the Argentine government. This Tuesday afternoon, Jorge Arguello will hold one last meeting with representatives of the White House to finish defining the details.
Before leaving for Washington as the last leg of the tour, Fernández met with António Guterres, the UN Secretary General. The sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands, climate change and the financial system were the three topics discussed.
At the same time, Cafiero participated in a virtual meeting convened by the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to discuss different initiatives to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, and establish a lasting peace in this country, according to the principles contained in the UN Charter. As the only Latin American foreign minister invited by Blinken, the official explained that they are “committed to contribute to alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people” and detailed that “throughout this period of conflict White Helmets made twelve trips carrying donations, in permanent coordination with the Ukrainian community in our country.”
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