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Alberto Fernández is already in the White House for his meeting with Joe Biden


Arrived at 2:40 p.m. from Washington. The president seeks political support in the midst of the crisis in Argentina.


Alberto Fernández

arrived punctually in a black vehicle, at 2:40 p.m. local time, 3:40 p.m. in Argentina, on the esplanade of the West Wing of the

White House

to see President Joe Biden


He was received by the secretary of protocol of the US presidency and, in a planned choreography, usual in the mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue, they stayed for a few minutes in a welcome room where he signed the guest book and then went to the Oval Room


crossing the gallery of columns that flanks the mythical Garden of Roses.

With this minuet in the world's leading power, the President thus achieves

his dream photo in the White House

, the one he wanted from minute zero of his term, when he gave instructions to Ambassador Jorge Argüello to get it.

After several postponements

since July of last year due to Biden's Covid and when few expected it to be fulfilled, Fernández was finally able to achieve his goal.

"It's a Peronist day"

, the Argentine delegation was enthusiastic, referring to the sunny and spring weather in the US capital, but in a tone of partisan celebration.

In fact, he is the

first Peronist leader since Néstor Kirchner

to visit the US president at the presidential mansion in 2003, an appointment that Cristina Kirchner could not get with Barack Obama.

Fernández arrived at the appointment

without his wife Fabiola Yañez

because Jill Biden is traveling and because "it is a work visit," they said from the delegation.

Fernández arrived accompanied by his foreign minister,

Santiago Cafiero


the Minister of Economy

Sergio Massa



Aníbal Fernández

and Ambassador



The presidents then remained in the Oval Room, in a meeting alone and then they will go to a room next door, the "Cabinet room", where officials from both countries will join.

Participating on the US side are Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

, Undersecretary for the Region

Brian Nichols


National Security Adviser

Jake Sullivan


the undersecretary of the Council for Latin America

Juan González


Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen

and Ambassador to Buenos Aires

Marc Stanley


The Biden government put all front-line officials to discuss work issues with the Argentines.

The agenda

The agenda that the White House raised will revolve around “global challenges and areas of mutual national interest, including

critical minerals, climate change, space and technology


They will also discuss

economic cooperation

, as well as their shared values ​​of

inclusion, democracy, and protection of human rights


The issue of technologies and 5G will also be raised,

a concern of the White House for the advance of China in Argentina and in Latin America in general


In fact, a Republican representative, María Elvira Salazar, warned from Congress weeks ago that the Argentine government "is making a pact with the devil that could have biblical consequences" and denounced Chinese influence in our country.

From the Government they seek to present Argentina as a

"strategic ally"

of the United States, especially for common interests such as

food security, climate change

, and strategic minerals such as

lithium and also shale


The summit takes place when the executive board of the International Monetary Fund analyzes the approval of the fourth review of the program with Argentina, in which a relaxation of the reserve goal

is proposed

because the Government cannot comply, due to the follow-up and other variables.

It is estimated that the board will approve the change in objective at a meeting -possibly this Friday-, but the numbers could get even worse for the following quarter, and even more flexibility from the Fund could be required.

That is why

the role of the United States is key

, since due to the size of its economy it is the country that has the most weight in any vote of the board on the subject.

It is possible that this issue will be addressed at the meeting

, but surely Fernández will raise the issue of the surcharges that the Fund applies to countries that have very large loans, such as the case of Argentina.

This claim is constant from the Government, but has found little echo in the body.

They believe that the visit to the White House

will give a boost to the relationship between the United States and Argentina

, in the year that celebrates its 200th anniversary, and will give Fernández a picture as a global leader.

It serves the president as a message to the intern of the Frente de Todos and to strengthen his ambition for re-election, but also to show himself as a leader who speaks about global issues in the first power on the planet, something that will surely soon confront Mauricio Macri

who He said that Argentina was isolated from the world


Although no one doubts that the president's difficulties will not be solved with a photo.

That Fernández has sat in the Oval Office is a gesture from Biden to the president and Argentina.

Experts consulted by this correspondent did not fail to highlight that he was unexpectedly summoned to meet this Wednesday, just the day the Summit for Democracy begins, a virtual meeting hosted by the United States, along with five other countries.

Presidents such as Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, whom the US considers dictators, were not invited to this virtual global meeting.

Experts familiar with the mechanisms of the White House believe that the Biden government seeks to show that it can have fruitful relations with regional leaders considered to be "left", but who support democratic values.

Fernández has always sought to establish himself as a regional interlocutor, someone who can speak with all the presidents of different ideological trends.

But the management was complicated when the bilateral relationship became tense when the Argentine toured Russia and China and said that Argentina would be Moscow's gateway to the region.

However, after ironing out differences, the meeting was scheduled for July of last year.

But days before it took place, Biden was infected with covid and the summit was postponed twice due to that issue.

Then came the US elections in November and Fernández's loss of power seemed to freeze the appointment that finally came to fruition.

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Source: clarin

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