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Alberto Fernández goes to the White House in search of "a perspective of stability" for the economy


In the presidential entourage they believe that Biden is "a guarantee for the region." Relaxed agenda in the previous one in New York.

Alberto Fernández

will arrive at the White House this Wednesday with more expectations than taking a photo with the president of the first world power.

In the Argentine delegation, which will leave New York on Tuesday, they are excited that the meeting with Joe Biden will provide Argentina and the Casa Rosada with a "

perspective of stability

" within the framework of a

volatile scenario

at the international and local level that puts pressure on about the exchange rate and the value of the US currency in the country. 

The President will enter the Oval Room 96 hours after

Mauricio Macri insisted

on the idea that Argentina "

is isolated from the world

", as he repeated in the video in which he announced that he would not be a candidate.

Fernández will not only capture a photo reserved for heads of state,

impossible for any of her adversaries

within the Frente de Todos, and that

Cristina Kirchner did not get in her eight years as president


In Fernández's environment they translate as "an accolade" the confirmation of a visit that was desired and that many in Washington considered dead.

"There would be no meeting between the two presidents if there was no

good harmony between the White House and the Pink House

, whether they like it or not," was the diagnosis of an important official of the national delegation who has been working for months to finalize the meeting.

Both countries

celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations


With "Lula format"


Lula Format"


This is how they summarize in the Argentine entourage the design - which is not yet closed - of the bilateral agreement between the Democratic leader and Fernández.

They explain that the modality will be very similar to the one that Biden offered to the Brazilian president

on January 9

, two days after followers of Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Planalto palace.

Fernández, unlike his Brazilian counterpart -and Macri, in his meeting with Donald Trump in 2017-, will not stay at

Blair House

, the official guest house of the US executive.

The entourage will spend Tuesday night at the Willard Intercontinental, opposite the US Treasury headquarters.

The "

Lula format"

 in any case implies a

face-to-face meeting between the leaders

, a joint statement to the press.

Unlike the PT leader's visit to Washington, if nothing fails there will be bilateral meetings between the technical and diplomatic teams of each administration, Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

, Foreign Minister

Santiago Cafiero


Economy Minister Sergio Massa - who will arrive in Washington on Tuesday and with his own agenda - the respective ambassadors

Jorge Argüello


Marc Stanley

and Christopher Odd, who was in Buenos Aires in January, during the Celac summit.

It remains to define whether they will be added to the Oval Office or the

Cabinet Room

of the White House.

No one so far confirms the presence of Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen

who received Massa last September.

The Minister of Economy will meet on Thursday with the head of the IMF

Kristalina Georgieva

and will meet again weeks later at the annual meeting of the fund.

Low profile in Manhattan and a "guarantee for America"

Before traveling to DC, Fernández kept a "low profile" schedule in Manhattan and relaxed.

The highlight will be a meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations,

António Guterres

, at 12:30 p.m. 

In the preview, the delegation took the opportunity to rest from the hustle and bustle of participating in the

Ibero-American Summit in the Dominican Republic


Some of the officials recovered hours of sleep and had breakfast after 10, with casual clothes.

Others woke up earlier to enjoy a sunny but cool day and get some fresh air,

walk or run in Central Park

, just 200 meters from the hotel where they are staying.

In the morning, the President held a zoom for more than an hour with the Minister of Science Daniel Filmus, who is in Buenos Aires, and the mathematician

Luis Cafarelli

, who has just won the "

Nobel Prize in Mathematics"

 and lives in Austin. , Texas.

In the afternoon, the president will hold a meeting with Argentine scientists and academics at the consulate in New York and will tour an exhibition by Argentine Sandra Mayo on human rights.

In the evening, a meeting with local investors organized by Susan Segal, head of the Council of the Americas.

Fernández ruled out a visit to the Marta Minujín exhibition

at MoMa


For lunch he chose The Capital Grille, where she had been before.

"For the United States,

Alberto has been a guarantee and a pillar of stability in the region

," they assured the President's team regarding the political upheaval that other Latin American countries are experiencing with more political difficulties but with fewer economic problems than those that Argentina faces.

In Fernández's environment they avoid giving too many details about the agenda of a meeting that they define as "

an open agenda"


The president's claim to eliminate the IMF overcharges that he takes to each international forum will once again be on the table.

Santo Domingo was no exception and described them as "


 and demanded that the central countries

stop helping the banks

, a

statement that it is difficult to repeat before Biden


The White House, meanwhile, had already advanced part of the agenda between the two leaders.

"They will discuss how the United States and Argentina can continue to partner to address global challenges and continue advancing in areas of mutual national interest, including critical minerals, climate change, space and technology," the US Executive detailed in the statement confirming the visit. .

"With the United States we are going to continue advancing on all the issues that matter to us and we have already been working and we will continue as biodiesel, steel and much more," they explained at the Foreign Ministry, where they are excited about an imminent visit by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman


the Argentina.

Before visiting Biden, Foreign Minister Cafiero was preparing to hold a virtual meeting with his peers from Mexico, Colombia and other countries in the region to prepare for the anti-inflation Summit proposed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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