(NEWS IN DEVELOPMENT) Alberto Fernández finally achieved one of his greatest ambitions since he was installed as president in Balcarce 50: he was a designation at the head of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which suggests his first weighty victory in the field of diplomacy .
“CELAC was not born to oppose or confront other institutions”Said the president and thus discarded his intention to compete with the OAS as a regional forum.
At the same time, Alberto Fernández thanked the member countries for their support in the negotiations with the IMF: “You feel stronger knowing that your Latin American and Caribbean brothers are accompanying you”.
During the morning, Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero thanked the member countries for the unanimous support for the election of Argentina to the presidency of CELAC and remarked: “We will work on the institutional strengthening of CELAC with spaces for dialogue and agreement, always with an open agenda, always calling everyone and listening to all voices.”.
“For Argentina it is a great honor to head the Pro Tempore Presidency in this year 2022,” said Cafiero, and expanded: “It is a source of pride because we understand the timeline in which we are, because this does not start today, it is not something that it starts from scratch ”.
“For our country to have received unanimous trust, it is really a commitment and we want to put it that way, as a collective work commitment“, Emphasized the chancellor.
Cafiero presented the 15 lines of action that Argentina proposes to discuss: post-COVID economic recovery; regional health strategy; space cooperation; science, technology and innovation for social inclusion; comprehensive disaster management; education; institutional strengthening and the CELAC agenda against corruption; food safety; dialogue with extra-regional partners; integration of Latin American and Caribbean infrastructure; environmental cooperation; development and improvement of the operation of CELAC; improvement of the situation and condition of women in member countries; digital transformation and cooperation; and culture.
During the Plenary Session of the XXII Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Cafiero assured that they are leaving “to continue developing programs that emphasize food sovereignty to fight poverty and hunger”.
Finally, the Argentine Foreign Minister thanked the delegations present for the support that the region has always had with the Malvinas cause. “This year will mark 40 years of the conflict in the South Atlantic and continue to count on the support and understanding that the claim to Argentine sovereignty is made in peace and through diplomatic channels, strengthens Argentina’s position to seek a negotiated exit with the United Kingdom as established by the United Nations ”.