"'Sup Mac?". Photo via CDN2

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be arriving in the country tonight for a brief but intense 24-hour visit. According to La Nación, Kerry is here for three main reasons: Reinforce diplomatic ties between Argentina and the US; continue developing the countries’ new bilateral agenda begun with US President Barack Obama’s state visit in March; and fine-tune previous agreements on combating drug trafficking. Let’s take a look at Kerry’s schedule.

During the afternoon, Kerry will make his way to the Foreign Ministry to meet Macri and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. According to the US Department of State, both parties are set to discuss “cooperation in regional and global affairs” and launch “high-level dialogue to address pressing global challenges, including bilateral, regional, multilateral and economic issues.” Kerry and Malcorra will hold a joint press conference after.
Kerry and Malcorra have already said hey to each other. Photo via La Voz del Interior
Kerry and Malcorra have already said hey to each other. Photo via La Voz del Interior
The visit can be taken as yet another sign of support from the US ever since the Macri administration began looking to repair the countries’ bilateral relations, practically nonexistent during the Kirchner administrations. In fact, during his visit to Argentina — only 100 days after Macri took office — Obama said he was “impressed by the work that the President had already done” in that brief period of time and assured Argentina was “re-taking its role as a leader both in the region and in the world.”
Born in Colorado in 1943, Kerry has been the US’s Secretary of State since 2013, following an extensive political career that began in 1982, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Two years later, Kerry made his way to the Senate where he worked for 28 years. In 2004, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the presidential elections, which he lost against his Republican counterpart George W. Bush. He was selected in 2009 as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relation, a post he used as a platform to become Secretary of State four years later, replacing now Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.