“The United States did not demand any economic plan”
Yesterday, the government confirmed, through presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti, that “the United States did not ask Argentina for an economic plan” to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
He said in the usual framework: “The United States did not ask for an amendment or an economic plan, it was political talks where it was discussed that there is strong growth in the economy and that we have to continue on this path.” Thursday’s press conference in Casa Rosada, in response to a question about Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero’s recent visit to the Nordic country.
The official stressed that it is “a trip for dialogue, in which a number of positions were agreed upon with the United States, which recognizes the annual growth of Argentina, which has not been recorded for a long time” in the country.
He stressed that “the talks are always progressing, and we understand that the visit of Foreign Minister Cafiero was aimed at deepening relations.”
However, the US Secretary of State spoke of a “strong economic programme, with measures for growth”.
Cerruti stressed the affirmation of the state of relations with the United States with “President (Joe) Biden’s statements about self-criticism of the United States’ foreign policy toward Latin America in the past four years, when Donald Trump ruled it,” he said. . The US President said in a press conference held on the occasion of his first year at the head of the administration.
“When I was a kid, in college we were talking about ‘America’s backyard (of America)? It’s not America’s backyard. Everything south of the Mexico border is America’s front. “We’re equal people, we don’t dictate what happens in these countries,” Biden said.
Meanwhile, after meeting with Cafiero, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, stated that the United States “strongly supports negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and aspires to a quick positive solution,” according to the Argentine Foreign Ministry.
Along these lines, and always according to the official version, the Biden official also emphasized that “Argentina is a friend and partner in the hemisphere and beyond.”
Negotiating with the International Monetary Fund
On the other hand, spokeswoman Cerruti, in response to a special question about whether the $731 million maturity with the IMF will be paid on January 28, said that “this will be determined by the Ministry of Economy”.
“Argentina has decided to pay until an agreement is reached,” the official said, stressing later that the situation was “measured day by day.”
In this context, he stressed that if Argentina pays the IMF on the basis of the readiness agreement signed by Mauricio Macri, “there will be no social policies.”
In response to a question about the opposition’s statements, Cerruti considered that “it is not easy to reach a dialogue on the basis of the internal variables they have,” while stressing that “the agreement with the International Monetary Fund will be discussed in Congress.”
Argentina has already repaid nearly $7,800 million, in capital debt terms, from the massive $44,000 million loan taken out by former President Mauricio Macri.
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