March 12, 2014
Capitanich to US senators: 'Argentina enjoys full democracy’
During a hearing in which two members of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee challenged the qualifications of Noah Mamet, President Obama’s nominee to become ambassador to Argentina, statements such as "Argentina is more insolent than North Korea" were heard.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee head Marco Rubio said: “We have an ally that doesn’t pay bondholders, doesn’t work with our security operations, is reopening the AMIA terrorist investigations. These aren’t the actions of an ally” concluding that this would only change with “a new government.”
“Argentina is on the list of countries we are controlling and looking at closely regarding the drugs and narcotics issue,” Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, defied, and described Argentina as an example of a regional trend in which democratically-elected governments begin to restrain press freedoms and the Judiciary.
In his press conference today, Capitanich affirmed “in Argentina citizens and inhabitants enjoy a full democracy and social inclusion” rejecting the US senators remarks. He added in Argentina “there is an expansion of civil, politic and social rights.”