It was at a meeting on Atlantic Cooperation that was attended by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The two parties were satisfied in what was a more important meeting than was presented.
At the Lote New York Palace Hotel with several foreign ministers, including those of the United States, Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Ghana, Senegal and others, Santiago Cafiero reaffirmed the claim on Tuesday night of Argentine sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, the Georgias and the South Sandwich Islands.
But in turn, under the guise of a joint Cooperation Agreement on the Atlantic Ocean, Anthony Blinken, the Secretary of State in the government of Joe Biden, achieved a commitment against piracy, transnational organized crime; illegal fishing, unreported and unregulated (IUU); climate change; pollution; and environmental degradation that, they condensed, “represent a threat to our means of subsistence.”
In other words, under the guise of an agreement in the Atlantic Ocean, Washington advanced on strategic issues on a subject that particularly obsesses it and that is the presence of China with its powerful fleet and its bulging coffers in the seas that border the American continent.
China was not named at all in the statement, but it is a recurring issue of concern and debate by the United States and its allies, including Argentina.
By the way, in the surroundings of Cafiero -who, before leaving for Houston this Wednesday with President Alberto Fernández, took a photo with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, whom he thanked for his efforts to get Argentina into the BRICS group- They point out that illegal fishing not only involves China but also other countries and that piracy affects the Caribbean States. These raised in the meeting with Blinken, in turn, their tragedy in climate matters as they are now more vulnerable than at other times and lack funds to support it.
The meeting in which Cafiero participated with Blinken was hardly reported. It was overshadowed by the central activities of the United Nations. And in fact it was done as a parallel meeting.
Cafiero then spoke of the Malvinas in a setting that is indeed unusual, since Argentina took the issue to Washington on the United Nations space, but has no place to do it individually, bilaterally.
For the case, although The United States does not deny the sovereignty of the archipelago to Argentina, it does not support it, and seeks to remain neutral in the conflict, which would open up a front of problems with its British ally.
He agrees to vote in favor of Argentina in the call for dialogue within the framework of the Organization of American States (OAS), but together with Canada he refuses to make it a topic at the Summits of the Americas.
Another parallel issue that is behind the Atlantic cooperation has to do with something that happened recently in relation to the commitments that Argentina adopts. The recent absence of the country from the UNITAS joint operation commanded by the United States and in which different armed forces from all over the planet participate went unnoticed.
It is a space for teaching, cooperation and exchange for Argentine troops with more advanced forces. But the Ministry of Defense decided to abort its participation with the excuse that the United Kingdom was invited.
At the time, Argentina also refused to carry out joint patrolling on the high seas, so an emblematic ship of the United States Coast Guard suspended its entry into the Argentine port. They are tensions not forgotten but put in parentheses.
On the other hand, recently assumed, the government of Alberto Fernández protested the presence of a US submarine in international waters off national waters. She was sailing the South Atlantic, escorted by UK planes.
Argentina “aspires for the South Atlantic to be a region recognized as an example of peace and dialogue among nations,” Cafiero began by saying in the last of the several meetings he had with Blinken, the second this week since he held another first. In it were the other ministers as well. It was a group meeting.
“In this context, the United Kingdom’s military presence in the South Atlantic is unjustified, disproportionate and in violation of resolution 2065, which calls on States from all regions of the world, but especially the most militarily powerful States, to respect that declaration. “, said.