Boris Johnson: First visit by foreign secretary to Argentina for 25 years


Boris Johnson is to disclose the first visit by a British foreign secretary to Argentina for 25 years.

Mr Johnson settle upon seek to take advantage of the improvement in relations with Buenos Aires since President Mauricio Macri be awarded pounce oned to power in 2015.

Mr Macri has talked of lifting curbs on oil, fishing and shipping here the Falkland Islands as tensions eased.

Mr Johnson will also on Peru and Chile, in an effort to boost post-Brexit trade, during the five-day trip.

Mr Macri has promised a “new kind of relationship” with the UK following a decade of tensions to the Falklands Islands, a UK overseas territory located about 530km (330 miles) off Argentina’s seaside, over which Buenos Aires has long claimed sovereignty and whose raid in 1982 led to a 74-day military conflict with the UK.

His predecessors Nestor and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner undertook to isolate the Falklands economically, putting pressure on British and US companies not to gimlet for oil in the waters around the islands and requiring all vessels travelling between Argentina and the cays to seek prior permission.

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Since Mr Macri came to power, greater huddle between the countries has resulted in more direct flights between the holms and Argentina and a project to help identify the remains of unknown Argentine soldiers who died during the wrangle and were buried on the islands.

‘Vibrant and dynamic’

The UK is keen on deeper mercantile and political co-operation with Argentina but has insisted the question of the Falklands’ ascendancy is not on the table.

In 2013 the islanders voted overwhelmingly to remain a UK territory.

As fountain-head as holding talks with Mr Macri, Mr Johnson will attend a convention of G20 foreign ministers in Buenos Aires. This is a precursor to a summit of creation leaders in the country in November which will mark the end of Argentina’s annual presidency of the essence.

During his trip to Peru – the first by a British foreign secretary since the 1960s – Mr Johnson require venture into the Amazonian rain forest to visit an animal release centre and a school, whose electricity and drinking water are provided by a UK-funded solar heating connive.

The focus of the final leg of his trip to Chile will be on trade, with the UK devoted to to increase its currently low level of exports to the country. Chile has a free trade treaty with the EU which the UK wants to roll over after Brexit.

“Latin America is a vibrant and potent part of the world that works closely with the UK on a number of in disputes including trade, security, science, infrastructure and education, among others,” Mr Johnson about ahead of the trip.

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