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25 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 428/17

Countries highlight the role of White Helmets in the hemisphere

Last 20 September, at a joint meeting between the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States, the OAS-White Helmets Fund was declared a "Humanitarian Fund" as of this month, as a result of the humanitarian aid tasks performed by the White Helmets and its status as a valuable mechanism in the Hemisphere for disaster prevention, mitigation and response.

Declaring the OAS-White Helmets Fund a "Humanitarian Fund" will allow for the efficient use and optimization of the Argentine Foreign Ministry's resources, by exempting them from Indirect Costs and other reimbursement requirements.

The White Helmets Commission of the Argentine Foreign Ministry and the OAS General Secretariat have entered into an "Agreement on the Donation and Use of Specifically Targeted Contributions from the Argentine Republic to the White Helmets Special Fund", seeking to provide humanitarian aid in emergencies or chronic crises, in accordance with the programme directives prioritized by the OAS General Secretariat.

Since 1998, the White Helmets have performed 190 humanitarian aid tasks in Latin America and the Caribbean alongside the OAS General Secretariat. These include the development of the Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, the revision of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development, and the participation in Conferences, Seminars and hemispheric Summits on disaster risk reduction.

Press release No. 428/17



22 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 418/17

Today, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met in New York with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Andorra, María Ubach Font, in the context of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. 

Both officials agreed to strengthen bilateral relations - which were established in 1995- in all areas and at all levels. Andorra is a member of the Ibero-American General Secretariat and its participation in the Secretariat's Summits shows Andorra's growing interest in strengthening its bonds with the countries of the region.   The Ministers addressed the Summit's untapped potential as a forum for the gathering of Ibero-American countries.

The Foreign Ministers stated that a considerable number of Argentine nationals -mostly young- live part of the year in Andorra and work in the winter tourism industry.



22 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 421/17

In the context of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, with whom he discussed the main items on the extensive bilateral agenda.

The Foreign Ministers assessed the progress made in MERCOSUR-EU negotiations and the upcoming WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Buenos Aires, and agreed to strengthen the positive signs of multilateralism. Faurie especially thanked his counterpart for Italy's support for Argentina's OECD membership bid. 

The Foreign Ministers agreed that Italian President Sergio Mattarella's visit to Argentina last May is a sign of the historical bonds between both peoples, highlighting that over 20 million Argentine nationals are of Italian descent, as well as their willingness to promote dialogue in all areas.

The Ministers agreed to continue working with a view to diversifying and balancing mutual trade, which shows enormous potential.

The Ministers also shared their concerns over the situation in Venezuela and addressed the importance of the international community in fostering dialogue in that country.

Press Release No. 421/17





19 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 402/17

        In the context of Argentina's commitment to prioritizing education under its G-20 Presidency in 2018, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie participated last night in the Global Citizen Week Festival held at Central Park in New York.

"Education is fundamental to build more productive, safer and healthier communities," Faurie stated on the stage of the Festival organized by Global Citizen, an NGO, highlighting that "the Global Partnership for Education, which is the only global fund that works for education in the poorest countries of the world, is showing results and is ready to achieve more. We need to ensure that the Partnership has the necessary resources."

            The Argentine Foreign Minister reminded participants that, in July, President Mauricio Macri "stood on the stage of the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg and committed to placing education at the core of the agenda of the Argentine G-20 presidency."

"Inclusive globalization can only be achieved through a sustainable development agenda including education at its core," Faurie stated.


Press release No. 402/17





18 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 401/17

Within the framework of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly being held in New York, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, participants discussed the status of the trade balance between the two countries and strategies to boost mutual exchanges, as the current level of trade with the UAE has not yet reached its true potential.

At the meeting, Faurie highlighted Argentina's interest in expanding and diversifying the current bilateral trade. The Argentine Foreign Minister stated that Argentina, as a global leader of the food market, can contribute even more to one of the main policies of the Arab region: food security.

The Foreign Ministers commended the joint work to strengthen cooperation between the Governments and private sectors of both countries, so as to promote the growth of foreign direct investment.

As regards energy, Argentina sees the UAE as a strategic partner and, in that context, Faurie expressed Argentina's interest in working jointly towards entering into a bilateral agreement on renewable energies.

Faurie and his counterpart also discussed possibilities of cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy for technological development and research, for instance, in nuclear medicine. To this end, INVAP will take part in cooperation projects, and meetings with the Emirati counterparts will be coordinated.

Finally, the Ministers analyzed joint initiatives in the field of health, taking into consideration the high-quality training of Argentine health and pharmaceutical professionals.


Press release No. 401/17





18 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 400/17   


This afternoon at the UN Headquarters, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, and the Foreign Minister of Mongolia, Tsend Munkh-Orgil, launched the "Global Alliance to end trade in tools of torture, capital punishment and any other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

The formal launch of this initiative at the UN building included testimonies of torture survivors and a panel discussion between the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty; the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, and Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake.

The event was also attended by representatives of Brazil, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Malta, Costa Rica, Haiti, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Ukraine, Albania, Norway, Paraguay, Serbia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Panama, the Netherlands, France and Mexico, among others.

By joining this new Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, governments will undertake to establish national bans on exports of tools for torture or death penalty, increasing the powers of customs authorities to implement the bans.


Press release No. 400/17





18 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 399/17

Today, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie participated in the Foreign Ministers' Meeting entitled "Security and Development in a Supportive Francophone Environment", convened by the International Organization of La Francophonie and held in New York within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly.

"The Argentine Republic shares multiple values with Francophonie members," the Foreign Minister stated during his address, highlighting "solidarity and cooperation at the service of sustainable development, as well as respect for cultural and linguistic diversity and the promotion thereof."

The goal of the Ministers' Meeting is to "continue and strengthen, on the basis of the Declaration and resolutions adopted at the Antananarivo Summit held in Madagascar, exchanges and reflections intended to foster consultations not only within the francophone community but also outside it, as well as to promote more efficient operational cooperation as part of a process of active solidarity."

"Current and historical bonds with francophone nations, the development of French as a language within our territory and the values that the Argentine Republic shares with the International Organization of La Francophonie are what motivated us to become part of this community of over 270 million people from all five continents," Faurie stated.

Lastly, the Argentine Foreign Minister mentioned that "the Argentine Republic advocates full respect for multilingualism and the need for equality in the use of official languages in International Organizations, and champions due respect for the Spanish language within that context."

Press release No. 399/17



15 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 395/17

Argentina condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on the London Underground today.

The Argentine Government expresses its solidarity to the British Government and people and hopes for a speedy recovery of those injured.

The Argentine Republic condemns all forms of terrorism and once again calls on the international community to seek appropriate mechanisms to combat this scourge.


Press release No. 395/17





14 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 393/17

The Argentine Republic once again strongly condemns the recent launch of a missile on 15 September (14 September in Argentina) by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

This is a new act of hostility and provocation against the international community which overtly violates international obligations arising from United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2345 (2017), 2356 (2017), 2371 (2017) and 2375 (2017), which address the North Korean missile and nuclear programmes.

Argentina once again urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to promptly comply with these Resolutions and end these systematic hostile acts in the region, which constitute a threat to international peace and security.

Press release No. 393/17





On the XIX High Level Meeting of the Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs between CELAC and the European Union, held in the San Martín Palace on May 18th and 19th, member States adopted the "Declaration of Buenos Aires".

In this document member States commit themselves to adopt practical and effective measures for primary prevention that will protect people, children and youth in particular, from initiation in the use of drugs and provide them with adequate information about drug abuse risks. They also commit themselves to strengthen national, regional and international monitoring of chemicals (precursors) used in the production of illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances, in order to more efficiently prevent diversion and traffic of those precursors, and, at the same time, assure the legal use of those chemicals.

For linking to the complete declaration in PDF click here.



The Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGCIN) presents "Argentina cooperates. Capacities of the National Public Administration to meet and share ", which compiles publishing capabilities, mechanisms and instruments that have the Argentine government to develop policies for South-South Cooperation.

The list published in detail the capabilities and strategies implemented by Argentina to the challenge of developing their own responses to the processes of development and is able to share with other countries to support their own, according to their own strategies.

Argentina cooperates born from a profound exchange within the National State that allows to know our potential as a country, describing their tools in a systematic way and with the aim of expanding the horizons of international cooperation under the precepts of South-South Cooperation.

This work product of the search to create new mechanisms to promote South-South cooperation, a comprehensive approach to the South, providing effective responses to the priorities and opportunities of our joint development.

Download catalog in English



11 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 388/17

As regards the return to Argentina of the Argentine citizens affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba, the Argentine Foreign Ministry informs that Cuban authorities have announced that the international airport is expected to gradually resume operations, starting on 12 September at 12 p.m.

The Argentine Embassy in Cuba has directly contacted several groups of Argentine citizens staying in different hotels in Havana and Varadero and provided them with assistance, while cooperating in rescheduling their flights.

Latam, Avianca and Copa Airlines will resume operating flights that will enable the Argentine citizens concerned to return to Argentina, in accordance with the rescheduling established by such airlines and the Cuban government.

 This Ministry continues to assist the Argentine citizens concerned through the Argentine Embassy and the Ministry's consular service.


Press release No. 388/17






11 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 386/17

Within the framework of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Argentina, the Argentine Foreign Ministry organized a Working Meeting with the business delegation travelling with the Prime Minister. The meeting was held today at the Palacio San Martín.

The purpose of the event was to present to the delegation the existing business and investment landscape in the country and the available opportunities, as well as to create a space to evaluate potential joint cooperation actions in strategic sectors.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary for International Economic Relations of the Foreign Ministry, Horacio Reyser; the Secretary for Digital Nation of the Ministry of Modernization, Raúl Martínez; the President of the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency, Juan Pablo Trípodi; the National Director for Clean Water and Sanitation of the Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing, Juan Martín Koutoudjian, and the National Director for Technological Development and Innovation, Martín Guinart, among other officials.

The Israeli delegation, headed by Sabine Segal, the Deputy Director General for International Business Affairs of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, was comprised of distinguished authorities of Israeli companies related to cyber security, new technologies, telecommunications, agri-industry, water resources and local development. The meeting was also attended by the President of the Argentina-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Mario Montoto.

After the formal meeting, the Israeli businesspeople participated in different individual meetings with representatives of Argentine companies in order to facilitate the closing of business transactions between the private sectors of the two countries.

In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (AAICI) and the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI) was signed at the meeting with a view to promoting investment and trade between the two countries.

Among the cooperation measures provided for in the agreement, both parties have undertaken to receive support and provide investors from the other country with support so as to help them achieve the goals of their business missions. The parties have also undertaken to exchange information on their respective economic, regulatory and commercial situation, to cooperate in identifying areas of high potential for investors, to find joint solutions to problems affecting bilateral trade and to provide each other with support so as to organize missions and other trade promotion activities.

Press release No. 386/17





06 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 373/17

Today, Foreign Minister Faurie received the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which announced that the expert team in charge of identifying the remains of the unidentified Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin Cemetery completed its fieldwork on 7 August and informed Faurie of the results of the forensic Mission.

The Delegation was comprised of the Head of the Humanitarian Project Plan, Laurent Corbaz; the ICRC Regional Delegate for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, Lorenzo Caraffi; the Legal Adviser to the Regional Delegation, Gabriel Valladares, and the Head of the Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Buenos Aires, Diego Rojas Coronel. 

During the meeting, the ICRC representatives underscored the progress made in the process, especially taking into consideration the good results obtained from the analysis of over half of the DNA samples collected in the Malvinas, which is useful material for the purposes of this identification process.  

The Delegation also stated that -once all the samples have been analyzed- the ICRC will meet in Geneva with the experts who were part of the forensic team that worked in Darwin Cemetery so as to draft the final identification reports. Such reports will be finished by the end of this year and will then be submitted to Argentina and the United Kingdom. The Argentine Secretariat for Human Rights will see to the process of delivering the final reports to the families of the Argentine soldiers with the assistance of the ICRC.

Foreign Minister Faurie expressed his gratitude to the International Committee of the Red Cross for its work and for the important role it played in facilitating the current process of identifying the Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin Cemetery.

   Press release No. 373/17






04 September 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 367/17

Today, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie was received in Singapore by his counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan. Both Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Technical and Triangular Cooperation and continued the talks being held between Argentina and Singapore on economic and trade issues at the bilateral and regional levels.

At the bilateral level, the Argentine Foreign Minister and his Singaporean counterpart expressed their intention to sign, as soon as possible, the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BID) and the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation (ADT), the negotiation of which is at an advanced stage. In that regard, Balakrishnan underscored that the execution of these agreements will give a clear signal to Singaporean investors in terms of investment opportunities available in Argentina.

Faurie, for his part, stated that Argentina has high expectations for an increase in bilateral trade, especially as regards Argentine agro-industrial product exports to Singapore.

With respect to technical cooperation, the Memorandum signed will enable the organization of joint training activities for the mutual benefit of both parties and of third countries in fields such as agro-industry and the use of information technologies in management and public services.

At the regional level, the Argentine Foreign Minister highlighted that MERCOSUR considers it a priority to reach an agreement with ASEAN, an economic bloc comprising the ten Southeast Asian nations, which will be chaired by Singapore next year.

Finally, Faurie and Balakrishnan agreed on the great complementarity between both countries and undertook to work on the economic and political relations so that they may reach their full potential.

Following the meeting with his counterpart, Minister Faurie visited the headquarters of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), where he was received by its Assistant Managing Director, Lim Swee Nian.

The main goal of the EDB, an agency under the authority of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is to promote business in Singapore through support programmes for local actors and foreign businesses wishing to exert influence in the entire region from Singapore. Examples of these foreign businesses are Tenaris and Bagó, which have already opened sales offices in the Asian country.

In addition to expressing his support and encouragement for the EDB to engage more Argentine businesses to set up offices in Singapore, the Argentine Foreign Minister highlighted the Argentine Government's special interest in boosting cutting-edge technological advances already achieved in the country.

Furthermore, Minister Faurie discussed the advances made in the partnership between INVAP and the Singaporean company ADDVALUE -whose contract is currently in force-, through which the Argentine company provides consultancy services in order to "spatialize" the Inter- Satellite Data Relay communications system (IDRS) for low earth orbit satellites. In that regard, Faurie and Lim highlighted the importance of reaching a general agreement on satellite technology, which is already under negotiation.

At the end of the meeting, Faurie stated that Argentina must benefit from and strengthen the relations between the EDB and Argentine actors, both public and private, especially technological, agri-business and biomedical companies, in order to foster the expansion of its businesses in Asia.

At his last meeting before returning to Argentina, Faurie met with the Singaporean Minister for Trade, Lim Hng Kiang, with whom he discussed the shared goal to support the multilateral trade system and the progress in MERCOSUR-ASEAN dialogue, in addition to addressing their mutual interest in boosting bilateral trade.

Lim also highlighted the interest of Singaporean investors in commencing or increasing their participation in the Argentine economy through bidding processes or projects especially pertaining to the fields of infrastructure, transport, logistics, energy and new technologies, among others.

Press release No. 367/17





31 August 2017

Información para la Prensa N°: 359/17


Within the framework of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) being held in Busan, South Korea, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie held bilateral meetings with authorities from several countries, including Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia and Indonesia:

 ·         JAPAN

Faurie met with the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane, and conveyed to him the priority assigned by Argentina to the relationship with Japan. This was reflected in the establishment of a "strategic partnership" announced on the occasion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Argentina in November 2016 and ratified during President Macri's visit to Japan in May this year.

The Ministers agreed that these visits express both governments' decision to strengthen the long-standing bilateral relations, especially in the field of Japanese investments and Argentine exports, particularly those of meat.  They also analyzed the draft bilateral agreement on investment promotion (BIT) and the MERCOSUR-JAPAN dialogue, which made progress in the past few months. Nakane expressed Japan's interest in closely cooperating with the Argentine G20 Presidency in 2018.

As regards the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Faurie remarked that Argentina expects the Conference to reaffirm the WTO as the foundation of the multilateral trade system.

 As for the situation in the Korean peninsula, Faurie reminded Nakane that Argentina has systematically condemned the nuclear and missile tests conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which violate the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, generate instability in the region and represent a threat to international security.

Finally, Faurie thanked Japan's support for Argentina's OECD membership bid and for Buenos Aires' candidacy for Expo 2023. It is worth noting that 2018 will mark the 120th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

 ·         VIETNAM

Faurie held a working meeting with the Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister, Ha Kim Ngoc, with whom he reviewed the long and fruitful bilateral agenda.  In this context, they underscored the exponential growth of the economic and trade relationship and the need to expand and diversify exchanges. In addition, they reviewed the cooperation projects in agri-industry and human rights and mentioned the workshop to be held in Hanoi in November to analyze the outcome of cooperation with Argentine technical experts and representatives of the private sector.

Ha Kim Ngoc underscored our country's cooperation prospects in telecommunications, gas and petroleum, and infrastructure.

Vietnam is the 4th destination for Argentine exports. During the past ten years, the economic and trade relationship has grown exponentially: the bilateral trade balance, favourable to Argentina, multiplied sevenfold between 2005 and 2016 (from USD 424 million to USD 2.896 billion). In the Americas, Argentina is Vietnam's second trade partner, after the United States.

 ·         PHILIPPINES

Faurie and his Philippine counterpart, Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano, discussed the progress of the relationship between MERCOSUR and the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), which Philippines chairs in 2017. In addition, they underscored and shared views on Argentina's application to join the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation so as to boost and strengthen our country's dialogue with the Association.

Foreign Minister Faurie expressed his satisfaction with the recent authorization to export Argentine meat into the Philippine market and his interest in increasing meat sales. Both countries underscored the advanced negotiations on tax information and the positive results of the various South-South Cooperation projects, especially on agriculture.

The Foreign Ministers underscored the importance of infrastructure works and connectivity and explored the possibility of developing a Work and Holidays Programme and advance in mechanisms for mutual recognition of academic studies.

The officials agreed that bilateral trade, which has been historically favourable to Argentina and yearly amounting to USD 500 million on average, has enormous potential for expansion. Furthermore, Faurie remarked to his counterpart that he looks forward to the valuable Philippine contribution to the upcoming WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Buenos Aires next December.

Argentina recognized the Philippines as an Independent State on 2 December 1946 and the two countries established diplomatic relations on 27 August 1948.

 ·         INDONESIA

Faurie met with the Indonesian Director General for ASEAN Cooperation, José Tavares. At the meeting, the Foreign Minister noted that Argentina regards Indonesia as a key partner in Asia and as a key participant in the current debates on the global agenda. The two officials agreed to strengthen and diversify the relationship in the fields of political cooperation and bilateral trade and investment.

In 2016, the bilateral trade balance amounted to USD 1.516 billion. The trade surplus at USD 971 million was the sixth highest surplus for our country.

They also discussed the access of Argentine meat into the Indonesian market and underscored Indonesia's role in promoting the MERCOSUR-ASEAN dialogue. As regards the WTO, the two countries agreed on the need to achieve positive results in the upcoming Ministerial Meeting so as to strengthen and consolidate the multilateral trade system with the WTO as its cornerstone. 

Indonesia is one of the world's 20 largest economies. President Macri and the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, held a meeting in September in 2016 on the margins of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. They agreed to keep strengthening and broadening bilateral bonds, including trade, investment and bilateral cooperation.

 ·         MONGOLIA

Foreign Minister Faurie and the Mongolian Deputy Foreign Minister, Batmunkh Battsetseg, reviewed the cooperation projects on agricultural technology, energy and nuclear medicine (in which INVAP participates).

Battsetseg praised Argentina's commitment to agricultural development in his country, especially through the supply of equipment and technology. He also mentioned the vast territory and interest in learning from our experience in several matters, such as cattle diseases.

 ·         THAILAND

 The Argentine Foreign Minister also met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Thailand, Virasakdi Futrakul, and stated Argentina's intention to broaden bilateral relations in all fields, especially in trade. In this regard, the two officials underscored the recent meetings held in Buenos Aires by the political and economic dialogue bodies, as well as the next meeting between cooperation authorities.  Both countries also agreed on the need to support and promote an open, rules-based, transparent, equitable and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system anchored in the WTO.

Faurie referred to the contacts in recent years between INVAP and the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT), and noted that cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, especially medical uses, has great potential.

In 1995, Argentina was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with Thailand.


Press release No. 359/17

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