Faurie: «Argentina and Italy work to achieve greater integration and cooperation between our SMEs»

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Information for the Press N °: 073/19

The Foreign Ministers, meeting at the San Martín Palace, addressed the main issues of the bilateral relationship and shared concerns on the regional and international scene.

“This visit is a new opportunity to work together to benefit our two peoples, because we all know of the common and historical roots so widespread that unite us over so many years,” said Chancellor Jorge Faurie with his par Italian, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, whom he received this morning at the San Martín Palace.

At a press conference, Faurie agreed with his partner “on the need to update the Strategic Cooperation Agreement that we have between both countries because although it dates from 1998, 20 years of time are equivalent -by the speed of events- to more than 50 or 60 of the agenda of the past time “. In this way, it was agreed to update the General Treaty of Friendship and Privileged Cooperation, signed at the end of the 1990s.

In economic terms, the Argentine Foreign Minister announced that they will work “on an action program of greater cooperation and integration between Small and Medium Enterprises with concrete objectives and a road map to generate greater exchange between the productive sectors and a link in the chains of value between the companies of Italy and Argentina “. Faurie recalled that there are Italian companies investing and working in Argentina for more than 50 years, adding that this initiative will include education and recognition of university degrees for professionals from both countries.

“We appreciate the support that Italy has given us throughout the negotiation process of the European Union – Mercosur, which we hope to conclude in the shortest time possible and we have the expectation that the Argentine pro tempore presidency can achieve something defining in that. And we appreciate the support you have given us in the OECD, where Italy is a full member, and which implies a common vision on the multilateral scene of where we want to act with international organizations, what we expect from the United Nations, and the reform of the Council. of Security, and of the organisms that are based in Italy, such as FAO “.

Moavero Milanesi, meanwhile, stressed that the meeting with Faurie was very positive and “confirmed the excellent relationship between both countries and the friendship between our peoples, full of emotion and feelings”, while mentioning the great history of immigration that unites Argentines and Italians. “It is a privilege for Italy to be able to work with Argentina,” he said.

The Italian Minister stressed that the bilateral relationship seeks a projected look towards the future, “supported by innovation and creativity, and with a permanent mechanism of consultations on issues of common interest.”

In the framework of this meeting, the Foreign Ministers signed a Framework Agreement between the Government of the Italian Republic and the Government of the Argentine Republic regarding the peaceful uses of outer space.

Consulted by journalists, the Foreign Ministers agreed that the urgent and priority is the solution of the very serious humanitarian emergency, in the absence of medicines, food and basic products, and stressed that preventing access to international solidarity is “absurd and unacceptable” . “We are very confident that the United Nations can guarantee a channel of access,” they said.

In political terms, the Foreign Ministers pointed out that both countries do not recognize the past elections, and consequently the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro as president of Venezuela.

Faurie, in turn, reiterated that “the countries of the Lima Group and Argentina in particular do not favor an outflow of force,” and warned that Guaidó (which is outside Venezuela) has the right to return to his country and take up the function that he has as President in charge of the search for an election process, and “that all the countries of the Lima Group hold the persons responsible for security within Venezuela responsible for the personal integrity of President Guaidó, of his family direct and of all those leaders of the National Assembly who are linked to work so that democracy can be recovered “.

“The countries of the Lima Group are committed to defending Juan Guaidó on his return to Venezuela,” he concluded.