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US says ties with Argentina going through 'tough period'

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson (file photo).
US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson (file photo).
US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson (file photo).

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson has said the bilateral relationship with Argentina is going through a “tough period”, while stating the legal battle between the South American country and holdouts is not a political problem but a judicial problem.

"It is a tough period right now. But we continue to hope that we can have a positive relationship and we don’t believe that this is an issue between our two governments; it is an issue for the courts to decide and it should not be one that should be affecting the bilateral relationship," Jacobson said during a press conference in New York following United Nations General Assembly activities.

"In terms of the bilateral relationship, we want to try and engage in a positive way with Argentina whether that is on energy cooperation where we have had good cooperation; continuing to try and work on nonproliferation issues where Argentina has been an ally; or on things like combating terrorism, where Argentina has particular obvious experience, unfortunately," she added.

Last week, the Argentine government summoned Business attaché for the US embassy in Buenos Aires Kevin Sullivan after he stated Argentina has to “get out of the default to re-gain economic growth perspectives.”

Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said sanctions will be applied if the US insists on the comments, as the government considers Argentina is not in default, as it has “honored its debt”.

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