Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan visits Argentina

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri (left) meeting Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan  in Buenos Aires.
Argentinian President Mauricio Macri (left) meeting Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan in Buenos Aires. PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who is on a three-day visit to Argentina, called on Argentinian President Mauricio Macri on Thursday (April 6), where both men discussed new areas for bilateral cooperation in food security, energy and technology.

President Macri also expressed interest in using Singapore as a hub to strengthen links between Latin America and Asia, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement on Friday.

Dr Balakrishnan also met Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Susana Malcorra privately before both parties led their delegations in bilateral talks. Ms Malcorra later hosted Dr Balakrishnan to lunch.

Both ministers affirmed the "warm and longstanding friendship" between their two countries and stated a commitment to promote and strengthen bilateral ties, as well as deepen cooperation in areas such as education and cultural exchanges, said a joint statement issued by both countries.

The ministers welcomed the reopening of Argentina's embassy in Singapore and the appointment of a new Honorary Consul-General of Singapore in Argentina.

Dr Balakrishnan also invited Argentina to participate in the Latin Asia Business Forum, which will be held in Singapore this September.

Both parties also discussed cooperation between Singapore and Argentina at the multilateral and regional levels, said MFA in its statement.

The ministers agreed that Argentina, as pro tempore president of the Mercosur bloc, and Singapore as Asean chair in 2018, should work together closely, said the MFA.

Dr Balakrishnan also delivered a speech at the Argentine Council for International Relations, a leading think-tank in the country.

On Friday, he will meet Minister of the Treasury Nicolas Dujovne and Minister of Modernisation Andres Horacio Ibarra.

Dr Balakrishnan will also meet the Foreign Ministers of Mercosur who are in Buenos Aires for a ministerial meeting, and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunez Ferreira.