The United States embassy released on Monday the White House statement that confirmed arrival to Argentina of the top adviser in the National Security Council, Jake Sullivan. Just as you exclusively anticipated Clarion, On Saturday, this is at the moment the most important visit of the Joe Biden administration to the Alberto Fernández government.
“This week, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will travel to Brazil and Argentina, accompanied by the director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere Juan González,” the statement began by saying. González was here last April, and during his visit to Washington, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, also paid him a visit to the White House. The Brazilian press had said that he was going to Peru and Chile but that was not confirmed.
At that time, the Democrats’ approach to the Argentines was centered on their concerns about the advance in the region of Russia and China. But now, disagreements have been added to this with Argentina, Mexico and Bolivia on the human rights situation in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The three have been facing Washington especially in the space of the Organization of American States.
Along with Sullivan will also come the director of Technology and National Security Tarun Chabra, Cybernetics Director Amit Mital, and the director of the Office for the Western Hemisphere of the Department of State Ricardo Zúñiga. The cybersecurity aspect is also central to the Americans compared to the Russians and the Chinese, in the field of telecommunications.
The information on Sullivan’s agenda is hyper restricted but it is expected that, at a minimum, on Thursday the 5th it will be with the Secretary of Strategic Affairs Gustavo Beliz – his counterpart here and with Foreign Minister Felipe Solá. He is expected to greet the President, Alberto Fernández. But it has not been reported if he will see with sectors of the opposition, at times of the electoral campaign here. It is also not confirmed whether he will see Argentine-American businessmen, who have been the source of the latest State Department report. that gave account of a climate in the country of “high inflation”, “uncertainty” and “interventionism”.
Still, both governments maintain that their bilateral relationship is good. Americans donated 3.5 million Moderna vaccines, and Ambassador Jorge Argüello is in negotiations to buy 20 million from Pfizer.
“In his first trip to the region, Mr. Sullivan will meet with leaders of the main allied countries in America, not belonging to NATO,” reported the statement that indicated that in Brazil the delegation will hold a series of meetings to “discuss discuss opportunities to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Brazil, enhance regional stability, advance climate goals, collaborate on digital infrastructure, and help forge a path in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
Meanwhile, in Argentina, “they will discuss the strengthening of strategic ties with respect to bilateral and regional priorities, including pandemic recovery, the regional climate summit, shared economic growth and security in our hemisphere and around the world.”
In a letter sent by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Solá last Friday about the meeting they had held at the last meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of 20 in Italy, the US official spoke to the Argentine about climate change, human rights, pandemic, and the strengthening of regional security and democracy.