The new Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, will meet David Cameron at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week in a warming of ties that have long been chilled by a dispute over the Falkland Islands.
The one-on-one talks, which were confirmed to the Guardian by a senior aide on the eve of Macri’s flight to Europe, underscore a softening of rhetoric over the islands following last month’s change of government in Buenos Aires.
It makes for a good photo-op for domestic consumption, and a charm offensive for everybody else.
The Financial Times reports that Macris’ government will announce a
$5bn loan from a group of international banks led by JPMorgan and HSBC to boost central bank reserves
and a proposal on the defaulted hedge funds.
In other Macri news,
President Mauricio Macri moved to allow Argentina’s air force to track and forcibly take down illegal drug-smuggling flights into the country, prompting critics to say Wednesday that he should be consulting the congress on such matters.