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Argentina: Foreign Relations

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5079, tabled on 24 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve intergovernmental relations between the UK and Argentina.

Answered on

7 February 2018

The UK has made significant progress towards a more constructive relationship with Argentina since the election of President Macri in September 2015. In September 2016, the Minister for Europe and the Americas visited Argentina and agreed a Joint Communiqué that committed both countries to closer co-operation across all aspects of our relationship.

As a result, co-operation is increasing, including on trade, science and innovation, anti-corruption and security issues. The Scottish Secretary, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister of State for International Trade (Greg Hands) all visited Argentina in 2017, and the Prime Minister last spoke to President Macri on 12 December.

Our position on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and the right of the Islanders to determine their own future remains unchanged.