December 12, 2013
Argentina, Brazil ready efforts against cyber-espionage
Argentine Defence Minister Agustín Rossi and his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim have issued a joint statement with cyber-defence taking the center stage of the bilateral agenda.
Mr. Amorim was granted with the Mariano Moreno award during the official ceremony held at the Buenos Aires City’s LIbertador building today. There both officials addressed the recent espionage spat following recent reports that denounced the United States was spying on South American governments having its “epicenter” in Brazil.
“We have decided that before the year ends we will hold a meeting in Brasilia to intensify cyber-defence complementary works. The current espionage system that has always existed, demands not only of each country’s efforts but of complementary work to counteract vulnerable situations,” Rossi affirmed.
Ex Foreign Minister during the administration of Lula Da Silva Amorim added that the first step to address the espionage challenge is that both parties get to know each other and what each other do. “Now there is an invitation for an Argentine mission to go to Brazil and that will allow the development of joint proyects,” Amorim said as officials also highlighted current efforts to boost industrial defence programs.
“We will continue to develop the industrial projects we have in common, the UNASUR training aircraft and the freight plane that is being developed in Brazil,” Rossi explained and thanked Brazilian support to Argentina’s position over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic Malvinas Islands.