In preparation for the G20 Foreign Ministers meetings this Sunday and Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will touch down in Buenos Aires over the weekend, and there’s a bit of palace intrigue on his visit. Johnson does not have a fixed schedule quite yet, but there is a rumor that he might partake in a memorial honoring those who were killed in the Malvinas war.
If you’re reading this, you know that Argentine-UK relations are tense, and have been especially on edge since the Malvinas war in 1982. In 2018, more than 35 years later, there is still evidence of that animosity with “Fuera Ingleses de las Malvinas” or “Las Malvinas son Argentinas” as commonly tagged graffiti as “Yankee go home.”
Under the Macri administration, there have been efforts to warm the relations between the two countries, including the humanitarian cooperation for the families of the 90 recently identified soldiers buried on the islands. Most recently this past Monday, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for scientific cooperation in joint research programs in Antarctica, as well as fishing expeditions in the South Atlantic Sea.
The unconfirmed tribute might take place during Johnson’s short time in Buenos Aires, and it would be the first time that a UK representative would participate in such an event on Argentine soil. Minister Johnson, a Brexit defender and occasionally known for his controversial remarks, is set to meet with both President Macri and Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie on Tuesday.
The G20 Meetings will take place on Sunday and Monday at the San Martín Palace. According to a G20 press release, the foreign ministers will discuss the “current global outlook, with a focus on multilateralism and global governance, and action or fair and sustainable development.” There will be a press conference at the end of the meetings.