Gustavo Beliz and Jake Sullivan
The White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, highlighted last night the “importance” of the Argentine government achieving a “successful negotiation” with the International Monetary Fund.
The National Security Council itself issued a “readout”, a kind of Memo of what was the meeting of Sullivan with the Secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Argentine Government, Gustavo Béliz, in which the topics discussed are mentioned, including the possibility of advance bilateral cooperation “in the recovery and response to the pandemic, in safe and reliable technology and digital infrastructure, and in tackling climate change,” recalled President Joseph Biden’s security adviser, whose reference to the ” secure and trustworthy technology in digital infrastructure ”reflects Washington’s concern over the decision that Argentina will eventually adopt regarding 5G technology, a front in which the US is directly opposed to Chinese influence through the Huawei firm.
Most striking was the concern of the White House to expressly include the need for a “successful negotiation” with the IMF and underline its “importance”
Most striking, however, was the concern of the White House to expressly include the need for an agreement with the IMF and underline its “importance.” He puts it this way: “Mr. Sullivan and Secretary Beliz discussed ongoing talks with the International Monetary Fund. Both recognized the importance of a successful negotiation and measures that, in the wake of the pandemic, contribute to debt sustainability and long-term and inclusive growth “
Among the topics discussed by Béliz by both officials was the preparation of the United Nations Climate Conference to be held in Glasgow (COP26), from October 31 to November 12. In addition, the statement noted that Argentina and the US pledged to “work together” in the UN Security Council in defense of Human Rights and social freedoms and made particular reference to the security situation in Haiti. The teams of both representatives also discussed the need to promote “a vibrant digital ecosystem” based on the security and reliability of information and communication services. ” In this regard, they identified the priority axes of a first nucleus of public-private strategic dialogues on topics such as “innovation and economy 4.0 and climate change, with a focus on energy transition, circular economy, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture.”
“Beliz and Sullivan addressed the problem of vulnerable middle-income countries and explored new alternatives for the strengthening of multilateral development banks, debt relief and the better use of special drawing rights, including the elimination of surcharges. ”, Indicated the spokesmen.
Sullvan and Béliz, when the American official visited Argentina and the Argentine official showed him a large painting of Perón and Evita
During this official visit to Washington, Beliz worked with multilateral development entities to expand the agenda of support programs for Argentina and announced “an agreement of USD 2 billion for priority development projects with the World Bank and a financing program with the IDB for USD 2.6 billion, which includes investment loans, regional loans and fast-disbursing loans ”.
The Argentine official highlighted the “federal perspective” of the financing obtained. In addition, he participated in the 25th Annual Conference of the Andean Development Corporation, a body in which the Argentine government tried unsuccessfully, as in the case of the IDB, to elevate an Argentine official.
In his negotiations in the North American capital, Béliz was accompanied by the Argentine ambassador in Washington, Jorge Argüello, and the officials of the national cabinet Rodrigo Rodríguez Tornquist, (Secretary of Climate Change) Micaela Sánchez Malcolm, (Secretariat of Public Innovation) Martín Olmos, (Undersecretary of Information Technology) and Leandro Gorgal (Undersecretary of International Financial Relations)
The “readout” released by the White House, a sort of “memo” from the meeting