Obama to meet Argentina's Kirchner after G20 meeting in France
US President Barack Obama is to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after the G20 meetings end on Friday, with the aim of putting bilateral relations "on a stronger footing," a top administration official said Monday, DPA reports.
Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to Obama, told reporters that Obama would make use of the summit in France to congratulate her on her recent re-election to a second term, and to "discuss our relationship going forward."
"Certainly there have been ups and downs in the US-Argentina relationship over the last couple of years," Rhodes said. "But we believe very much that when you have an election and you have a new mandate for a leader, that presents an opportunity to put the relationship on a stronger footing."
He said the White House viewed the meeting as an opportunity "to pivot ... the relationship towards a more positive direction" and to cooperate more closely on economic growth and security in the Americas