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Why is Alberto Fernández visiting Barbados on the last leg of his presidential tour?

President Alberto Fernández will arrive this Monday afternoon in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, on the last leg of a presidential tour that sparked controversy due to his statements on relations with the United States and the IMF.

From the beginning, the announcement of the visit to the island of the Antilles, after his passage through Russia and China , generated surprise.

Fernandez will meet with the prime minister, Mia Mottley . The brief stay on Barbadian soil is part of the new role of Argentina, which chairs the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in 2022.

The leaders will talk about the “climate crisis and the decolonization process on the island, within the framework of the 40 years of the Malvinas war,” official sources reported.

In addition, they clarified that Fernández will meet with “representatives of all the islands”, as part of his commitment adopted when taking the CELAC presidency .

With Mottley’s vote, the country was chosen to head that entity on January 7, amid criticism from the opposition since it is also made up of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela, nations singled out for human rights violations.

Barbados, of 430 square kilometers and with a population of almost 280 thousand people, is located in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of the Lesser Antilles, east of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. And it is 450 kilometers from the coast of Venezuela.

In recent years he has gained notoriety twice. Last November, this former British colony (it became independent in 1996) ceased to be under the orbit of Queen Elizabeth II and became the youngest republic on the planet.

As part of the official ceremony, Sandra Mason assumed the head of state. What’s more, recognized Rihanna, the global pop superstar, as a “heroine” of the country.

A year earlier, Barbados was included in the llist of tax havens that makes up the European Union and that brings together “non-cooperative countries and territories for tax purposes” and that “encourage abusive tax practices”.

The country was removed from that list in February 2021, but that old status made the presidential destination a trend on networks.

LM

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