President Alberto Fernández met in Colombia with his counterpart from Honduras, Xiomara Castro, with whom he agreed that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) should be a “strategic priority” for strengthening regional integration “through political agreement, with a supportive and cooperative approach that includes everyone”.
The meeting between the two leaders was held in Bogotá, the capital of the Andean nation, where Fernández will attend this Sunday afternoon the inauguration of the president-elect of that country, Gustavo Petro, reported the Presidency of the Nation in a statement.
In the meeting between Fernández and Castro, which lasted almost an hour, the Argentine head of state, also president pro tempore of Celac, ratified his conviction that the bloc aims to articulately promote the interests of the countries of Latin America and Caribbean.
During the meeting, the heads of state also expressed their desire to “advance the bilateral agenda and strengthen relations between our countries.”
“For our country, Honduras is an important partner in the Central American region,” said Fernandez, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Santiago Cafiero.
Likewise, the head of state stressed the importance of “working on global issues such as the protection of human rights and gender equality, among other issues.”
Fernandez thanked Honduras for supporting the Argentine claim in the Malvinas sovereignty dispute and the resumption of dialogue with Great Britain to resolve the dispute over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic islands, according to official sources.
The presidents of Argentina and Honduras also exchanged experiences regarding potential cooperation in genetics, agrochemicals, fertilizers, agricultural machinery, professional services, and post-harvest management and technology transfer.
On behalf of Honduras, the private secretary of the Presidency, Héctor Manuel Zelaya, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enrique Reina, and the director of Social Policy, Warren Ochoa, participated in the meeting.
In the morning, the Argentine President also held a meeting with the Puebla Group, which was attended by the former presidents of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; from Colombia, Ernesto Samper and from Paraguay, Fernando Lugo.
Also participating in that meeting were former Chilean deputy Marco Enríquez-Ominami, the Ecuadorian leader of the Citizen Revolution, Gabriela Rivadeneira; the senator of Colombia, María José Pizarro, the former minister of Peru, Aída García-Naranjo; the Minister for Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta and the Secretary for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Cecilia Nicolini.
The Argentine head of state arrived in Colombia this morning to participate this Sunday in the inaugural acts of the elected president of that Andean nation, the first left-wing leader to occupy the first magistracy in the country’s history.
Fernández, who left on Friday at 6:30 p.m. from the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airport military base, arrived in Bogotá at dawn accompanied by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and the Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta.
The arrival of the entourage in Colombia was reported by the Colombian Foreign Ministry on its Twitter social network account, where it stated that “Argentine President Alberto Fernández and his Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero arrived in Colombia to join the transmission of command presidential election to be held next Sunday in Bogotá” and maintained that “Vice Foreign Minister Francisco Echeverri received them in Catam”.
I had a bilateral meeting with @XiomaraCastroZpresident of Honduras 🇭🇳.
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) August 6, 2022
Fernández will participate this Sunday in the inauguration of Petro, who will be in charge of the Casa de Nariño (headquarters of the Colombian government) until 2026, replacing the outgoing Iván Duque.
The Argentine head of state, who met with his counterpart from Honduras, also plans his first meeting with Petro, whom he considers one of his regional allies.
In addition to King Felipe VI of Spain, Presidents Luis Arce (Bolivia), Gabriel Boric (Chile), Guillermo Lasso (Ecuador), Luis Abinader (Dominican Republic) and Laurentino Cortizo (Panama) are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony. among others.