Saturday, 19 May 2018

Boris Johnson to make first visit by a British foreign secretary to Argentina for 25 years



Boris Johnson is to make the first visit by a British foreign secretary to Argentina for 25 years.

 
Mr Johnson will seek to take advantage of the improvement in relations with Buenos Aires since President Mauricio Macri came to power in 2015.


Mr Macri has talked of lifting curbs on oil, fishing and shipping around the Falkland Islands as tensions eased.


Mr Johnson will also visit Peru and Chile, in an effort to boost post-Brexit trade, during the five-day tour.


Mr Macri has promised a "new kind of relationship" with the UK following a decade of tensions over the Falklands Islands, a UK overseas territory located about 530km (330 miles) off Argentina's coast, over which Buenos Aires has long claimed sovereignty and whose invasion in 1982 led to a 74-day military conflict with the UK.
His predecessors Nestor and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sought to isolate the Falklands economically, putting pressure on British and US companies not to drill for oil in the waters around the islands and requiring all vessels travelling between Argentina and the islands to seek prior permission.




BBC     News.