The Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, met Monday with the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, in a meeting with which he closed his official trip to the southern country and after which he will travel to Peru to continue with what is his first tour of Latin America. Colombia arrives on Tuesday for an appointment with President Juan Manuel Santos.
The president received the head of US diplomacy at the presidential residence in Olivos, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where they discussed in private the most important issues on the bilateral agenda, especially those related to “economic growth” and “cooperation in security matter, “diplomatic sources reported.
The meeting, of about 40 minutes, passed “very, very well”, according to the Assistant Secretary of State, Steve Goldstein, who did not elaborate.
Tillerson began his trip through Argentina this Saturday, when he landed in the Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche, where Nahuel Huapi, the first national park, rode on horseback, talked with authorities of the National Parks Directorate and met with a researcher at the that he has been awarded a Fullbright scholarship.
On Sunday, already in Buenos Aires, he made a floral offering to the hero of the independence of the country, José de San Martín, at the headquarters of the Argentine Foreign Ministry, where he met with the Foreign Minister, Jorge Faurie.
After their meeting, they offered a joint press conference in which both announced that they are studying the implementation of oil sanctions against Venezuela to pressure President Nicolás Maduro and return to a “constitutional regime”.
Specifically, the head of US diplomacy revealed that they are analyzing “sanctioning oil”, prohibiting its sale in the United States or “refining products coming from Venezuela”, although he insisted that, before launching such measures, it is essential to analyze what would be its effects on the people and other countries of the region to be “careful not to affect them negatively”