Russian leader to arrive SaturdayWednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov’t confirms Putin, Xi Jinping visits
Two of the year’s most significant visits by foreign heads of state will happen in the span of one week, the government confirmed yesterday, announcing the arrival this Saturday of Russian President Vladimir Putin and of Chinese President Xi Jinping the following Friday.
Putin will meet President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Saturday, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich revealed yesterday at his regular morning press conference at Government House. The two leaders are expected to tackle an “agenda related to the UNASUR-BRICS summit in Brazil,” he added.
Capitanich also confirmed the arrival of China’s Xi Jinping for the following Friday, when Xi and CFK are expected to oversee the signing of “a series of bilateral and investment agreements,” described by Capitanich as “aimed at promoting the strengthening of the relations between the two countries.”
City legislator for the ruling Victory Front (FpV) and former Foreign minister Jorge Taiana yesterday qualified the Chinese president’s visit as “very good news for Argentina.”
“China has become the first or second trade partner of most South American countries, like Brazil and Argentina, based on the purchase of food and, in our case, soy,” he said, speaking with Del Plata radio from Shanghai.
The Russian and Chinese leaders are in the region for the annual BRICS summit being held next week in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The group of emerging economies appears close to launching a development bank.
Herald with Télam, DyN