Sánchez and Milei coincide for the first time since the beginning of the diplomatic crisis

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 12:00

The head of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, will meet this Saturday for the first time since the beginning of the diplomatic crisis that has led Spain to permanently withdraw its ambassador in Buenos Aires.

The event that will lead to this coincidence is the international summit on Ukraine that will be held over the weekend at the Bürgenstock hotel complex, in Switzerland, which will be attended by delegations from ninety countries and fifty of them headed by their respective heads of State or Government.

There is no a priori forecast of any meeting between Sánchez and Milei at this summit, in which both will be present in the plenary sessions scheduled for both this Saturday and Sunday.

The question is whether this coincidence can lead to a formal greeting between both of them in the midst of the diplomatic crisis between their two countries.

A crisis in which Spain has withdrawn its ambassador in Buenos Aires after the words spoken by the Argentine president at an event organized by Vox in Madrid in which he described Sánchez as a “kind of people screwed to power” and called ” “corrupt” to his wife, Begoña Gómez.

The Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, demanded a public apology from Milei, and when he did not do so, announced the withdrawal of the ambassador, a decision that the Argentine president described as “nonsense.”

Philip VI

However, Sánchez defended the measure, ensuring that it is proportional to the attack that he believes Milei made against Spain’s public institutions.

In the midst of the crisis, the Argentine president has also met with King Felipe VI when they both attended the inauguration of the president of El Salvador, Nayik Bukele, on June 1.

When on that occasion the monarch entered the hall of the National Palace of El Salvador, where the investiture ceremony was held, he looked to his right making a protocol gesture towards Milei and the president of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, who was sitting next to him. .

Milei had announced that he would attend the summit in Switzerland, but later, the Argentine Presidency reported that he would not do so and that after participating in the G7 summit in Italy he would return to Buenos Aires.

However, he finally decided to attend the summit on Ukraine, and on the sidelines of this event he plans to meet with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who will present him with the Order of Freedom, one of the highest decorations that the country grants to foreign leaders.

From Switzerland, the Argentine president will return to his country, but maintains his intention to travel to Spain again to receive an award from the Juan de Mariana Institute on June 21.

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