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The revolutionized Foreign Ministry: fights, requests and political thread to go abroad before the change of Government


Diplomats press to improve their positions in the face of political change. Opposition movements and last-minute changes.

On February 27, Santiago Cafiero, fulfilled the reopening of the Argentine embassy in Dacca, Bangladesh.

He had proposed it along with two simultaneous events: the unprecedented soccer frenzy of the Bangladeshis for the Argentine National Team during the Soccer World Cup in Qatar, and the successive increase in exports to that Asian destination.

The curious thing about the events is that the same diplomats are more interested

in the internal thread in the face of the 2023 elections, which has already been unleashed, than in a new embassy like the one in Bangladesh.

For Cafiero's "pampered" embassy, ​​that of Bangladesh, the second-class minister, Marcelo Cesa, current director of the Commercial Information Generation and Analysis Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, signed up.

No pro-government or opposition ambassador wanted the position, which is usually seen as an opportunity for growth in a diplomatic career.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations is one of the spaces in which politics plays a strong role with career officials, most of whom are unknown, but who set the balance for one government or another.

Destinations abroad are the most desirable.

 If they are in European capitals or in nearby Western powers in Latin America, even better.

The race to go abroad has already begun.

Salaries for officials who work abroad paid by the State are very attractive: they range from 9,000 to 12,000 dollars.

And in some cases, when it comes to an ambassadorship, it reaches as high as $20,000 per month.

In addition, they have all expenses paid: housing, transportation (in cars with a driver) and food are included.

In addition, complete transfers to that country and the possible return that does not fall below $50,000 per move are included. 

Diplomats with prominent positions today affirm that the opponents are asking for a clue, thinking that if the government changes, their time will return.

Unlike the foreign ministries of Cristina Kirchner and Mauricio Macri, Cafiero anticipated and began to make the changes before the primary elections tipped the balance to one side or the other in terms of transfer.

The former president made a long list of shipments after the PASO, in 2015, to make room for her own.

Some were stopped, those of Macri, in 2019, Alberto Fernández and Cristina canceled all their promotions and had to return to the country, even with the approval granted, as in the case of former Vice Chancellor Gustavo Zlauvinen, one of the main experts in weapons and in international organizations that were stopped by the head of the embassy in Austria, when it had already been granted and processed.

Former minister Felipe Solá made Daniel Raimondi return from the OAS, two months after he arrived, to put the ultra-Christian Carlos Raimundi, who always takes leave when voting against Venezuela and Nicaragua to avoid condemning those countries.

Gustavo Martínez Pandiani, 

undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, national summit coordinator and Sergio Massa's man in the Ministry, will go as

ambassador to Switzerland.

Months ago, the Government sent

Fernando Brun

as ambassador to Germany.

He is, like Atilio Berardi, a technical staff at the Foreign Ministry, specializing in commercial affairs.

Berardi will be ambassador to the European Union,

and will replace

Pablo Grispun,

an ambassador of radical origin, who jumped to Kirchnerism and now aligns himself with the more traditional Peronism. 

Upon learning of his replacement, the son of Bernardo Grinspun, Raúl Alfonsín's former economy minister, unleashed an internal war on Berardi.

Other changes before politics puts its hand are that of 

Anta Tito

, who works at the Italian embassy, ​​and they will send her to the great commercial promotion center in Miami.

There are those who point out that in her internal promotion, she intervened on her behalf

Luciana Tito, her sister, chief of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Another Kirchner diplomat,

Gonzalo Urriolabeitía

-displaced by Solá because he spoke ill of him in Casa Rosada- was sent as ambassador to Egypt.

Ana Laura Cachaza

is going to be ambassador to Ireland, and

Mariano Jordan

will be in charge of business to Iran, an ultra-sensitive position.

Gustavo Coppa

goes as ambassador to Indonesia.


Eduardo Tempone

, who answers to Jorge Argüello, will take charge of the embassy in Japan.

Emiliano Waiselfisz to Korea.

He will be more movements until the October elections. 

From the Cambiemos management there are at least 15 senior ambassadors -radicals and from the PRO- who have been in their homes for four years.

Felipe Solá displaced them for the mere fact of not being K.

But the system is so distorted by Politics that none of them provide jobs for the State.

They are charging more than a million pesos a month.

You don't even live in this capital.

But the government neither demands work from them nor did it ever want to incorporate them.

From the Cambiemos management,


could only find that

Leopoldo Sahores,

ambassador to Pakistan, has active work;

Marcia Levaggi,

who opened the office in Senegal, and

Mariano Vergara,

ambassador to Armenia.

Source: clarin

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