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Buenos Aires to Host G20 Foreign Ministers With Multilateralism on the Agenda

By | [email protected] | May 19, 2018 12:42pm

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The G20’s top diplomats will be descending on Buenos Aires this weekend ahead of a two-day meeting that begins on Sunday that has multilateralism and global governance high on the agenda.

Chaired by Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, foreign ministers of the G20 countries or their deputies will come for a day of talks and sharing of views on “information technologies and the digital divide, cyber security, and changing paradigms on trade and migration,” according to G20 organizers.

“We hope that this meeting brings a frank and open discussion, a constructive dialogue about how we can best address – collectively and in close cooperation – the challenges of the 21st century,” said Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, who will be chairing the meeting.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi of China are confirmed attendees, and Faurie will be joined by Foreign ministers Taro Kono of Japan and Heiko Maas of Germany at a press conference at the end of the meeting. Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero will be present as well; Chile and The Netherlands have been invited to participate in the G20 by Argentina.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas arrive for a joint news conference following their meeting in Moscow, Russia May 10, 2018. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas arrive for a joint news conference following their meeting in Moscow, Russia May 10, 2018. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

As brand-new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not be attending – he will instead be in Washington delivering a major foreign policy speech on Iran – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will instead be making the trip. Sullivan and Faurie are scheduled to meet on a bilateral basis on the margins of the meeting.

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Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks during a news conference after the 6th Ministerial-Level Meeting of the Four-Party (Japan, Jordan, Israel and Palestine), April 29, 2018. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

The G20 chair has indicated that a final statement will not be drafted.

While the diplomats gather in Buenos Aires, there will be a range of international issues that will ensure that they keep their focus elsewhere. Among them, Venezuela holds contested presidential elections this Sunday, the fallout from Washington’s decision to reject the terms of the agreement with Iran has to settle, and recent rumblings between North and South Korea.

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña welcomed 32 ambassadors to Olivos today. (Argentine Presidency)

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña welcomed 32 ambassadors to Olivos today. (Argentine Presidency)

 

Argentina itself has been making international news for the wrong reasons recently, most notably for the currency volatility that has spurred a request for an International Monetary Fund loan and the Mauricio Macri administration has been quick to point to support from international sources.

Yesterday, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña met with G20 ambassadors in the country along with the heads of the Dutch, Cuban, Uruguayan, Honduran, Costa Rican, Bolivian, Spanish, Colombian, Ecuadorean, Guatemalan, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Panamanian, and Chilean diplomatic missions. A statement released by the presidency indicated that “many of the 32 foreign representatives that participated in the event expressed their support of the political and economic agenda that is being carried out by President Mauricio Macri and in particular, the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.”